Welcome to Science at John Burroughs!

The Science Department promotes active learning as a model for lifelong self-education. The pursuit of scientific knowledge, development of learning skills, and enhancement of positive social interactions are all part of the science curriculum. The acquisition of knowledge builds upon general concepts, scientific methodology, and processes learned in the middle level years (7th and 8th grades) to more complex conceptual ideas and mathematical formulations in the high school. We offer a variety of rigorous courses in the high school to accommodate the learning styles of individual students. All levels relate scientific principles to the real world, foster concern for the environment, promote problem-based and inquiry-based learning, and nurture informed decision-making. The uniqueness of our laboratory program is highlighted by a curriculum that is continuously evolving as teachers craft more creative ways to teach scientific principles, integrate appropriate technology, and engage students in active learning.

JBS Science in the News

04.15.15 (From Eric Knispel) "Every year in mid march, the St. Louis branch of the American Chemical Society sponsors a high school chemistry competition consisting of a lengthy written exam. During the FIRST WEEKEND of Spring Break, several students volunteered to step up to represent John Burroughs. They gave up a few hours of time on a Saturday morning to compete with students from across the greater metropolitan region. I am happy to announce to you that they did quite well. Of the top 15 positions in the sophomore division that are recognized, JB students placed in 6. “Honorable mention” was awarded to 10th graders, Ian Bradley, Jake KovalicĀ , Henry Arneson, John “Inja” Ince, and Caroline Creighton. And with an impressive score of 78 out of 90 possible points for the 1st) place overall, Noah Sock! In the Senior/AP division, “Honorable mention” was awarded to: Olivia Long and in 2nd place among the Seniors, Amanda Cao!"

Chem Winners 2015

03.01.15 The Academy of Science - St. Louis announced the top students who participated in the Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair - Honors Division on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Josh Kazdan (grade 11) recieved the first place award for his project titled, Assessing the Feasibility of Using Photoelectron Imaging to Study Electronic Structure in Cu- . He will receive a $3000 scholarship, is now qualified to compete at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in May, and will receive an all-expense-paid trip to this event. Two other students received semi-finalist standing: Olivia Long, Grade 11, for her project titled, The Effect of Aging on Glucose Metabolism & Differentiation in Bone Marrow Mesenthymal Progenitors and Will Wolfe, Grade 12, for his project on, Mixed Gaussian and Random Impulse Noise Removal.

11.18.14 Emily Butka '14 s the second author of a research article published this fall by Scientific Reports, an online scientific journal from the publishers of Nature. The article details the findings of a University of Missouriā€“St. Louis research lab that Butka worked in as member of the 2013 Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS) program. As a STARS participant, Butka spent six weeks of summer 2013 conducting research alongside a mentor at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. The research focused on measuring the number of triacylglycerols (the main components of fats and oils) in soybean seeds.

8.14.14: Joshua Kazdan and Michelle Tang have won the LMI Aerospace Inc. Award for Excellence in Research for their work completed during the 2014 STARS Program. Josh, whose project was, “Assessing the Feasibility of Using Photoelectron Imaging to Probe Electronic Structure in Cu- Cluster Anions: a Preliminary Study,” worked with Dr. Richard Mabbs of Washington University. Michelle researched and wrote, “The Effect of Parent Engagement in the NICU on Neonatal Stress” after working with Dr. Roberta Pineda, also from Washington University.