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  • Now Streaming - the BCAT 2020 Video Tour! Click this headline to view.

    Due to regulations pertaining to Covid-19, 8th graders were not able to come to Burton Center for Arts and Technology for a physical tour. Thanks to the excellent work of two students, Erin Cummings and Sophia Parr, in our Center for Mass Communications, we decided to bring the tour to you! In this video, viewers will get a brief overview of BCAT and each program we offer. Students will learn how to get more information about our programs as well as discover how to apply to join a class or program at Burton. Enjoy!

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  • Computer Information Technology Students Provide Donation to Advancement Foundation

    Thanks to the work of his Computer Information Technology students, Mr. French was able to donate eight Dell touch screen laptops to the Advancement Foundation. We would like to thank the VA STAR Program for making this donation possible. The Advancement Foundation leads dynamic community development by creating opportunities that provide action focused opportunities for citizens. Their programs tap into citizen’s best motivation and natural passions either as mentors wishing to give ... (click headline to read more)

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  • Burns Wins National Award!

    Mr. Shawn Burns (Mechatronics & Robotics) was named a national winner in the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Award for Teaching Excellence. As one of the national winnders, Mr. Burns has earned a total of $50,000 in award money for both himselm and his program. Congratulations on such a well deserved recognition and award!

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  • Engineering Senior Earns Full Scholarship to Georgia Tech

    Allison Lloyd, a senior student in the Center for Engineering, has received the Stamps Presidential Scholarship from Georgia Tech. It is a full scholarship, good for her entire four years. It covers tuition, mandatory fees, housing, meal plan, books, academic supplies, personal expenses and provides a stipend for a laptop. The scholarship also comes with $15,000 for select experiences like study abroad, unpaid internships, unpaid research, or conferences. The selection process was rigorous and competitive, but Allison was one of the few chosen from outside the state of Georgia. Congratulations! Your teachers and classmates at Burton are proud of you!

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  • Two BCAT Students Featured in Roanoker Magazine

    Two BCAT students were featured in a Roanoker Magazine article. Thaisjana Bailey and Justice Wilfong spoke about their experiences as women in two of the trades programs here at Burton. Click this headline for a link to access the document!

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  • Center for Visual Arts Students Perform Well in Regional Competition

    Congratulations to our Center for Visual Arts students, who performed well in the Scholastic Art Awards annual juried competition. These are the longest running, most prestigious are awards in the country. Way to go, all of you! Click on the headline for the full list of students by category.

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  • The Burton Briefing - December 2019

    Check out our new bulletin featuring all the neat things BCAT students have been doing this past nine weeks! Click here.

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  • Auto Tech and Motorsports Receive Donation

    Advance Auto Parts, through the Good360 Foundation, donated 27 pallets of supplies to the BCAT Automotive Technology and Motor Sports programs. Items such as motor oil, anti-freeze, windshield washer fluid, wax and other car care items were provided, along with an opportunity for Mr. Hoback to be interviewed by a crew representing the foundation. "This is thousands of dollars worth of supplies. This helps our students and programs tremendously," said Mr. Hoback. "It enables us to do what we do." Thank you, Advance Auto Parts and Good360 Foundation for your generosity toward BCAT students and programs!

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  • Art Students win at Hokie Bugfest

    Five Center for Visual Arts students won awards at the 9th annual Hokie BugFest last weekend! Below is a list of BCAT students that won awards, along with pictures of each artwork. Excellent work by these talented students! Individual Sculpture 1st Place – Andrea Gonzalez, BCAT CVAIII / Ms. Wilson. 2nd Place – Joanne Sakamoto, BCAT CVAIV / Ms. Strum. 3rd Place – Maila Hawthorne, BCAT CVAIII / Ms. Wilson. High School Drawing 2nd Place – Maggie Walsh, BCAT CVAIII / Ms. Wilson. 3rd Place – Hannah Stacy, BCAT CVAIII/ Ms. Wilson.

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  • Masonry Students Earn 2nd and 4th Place in State

    Masonry students once again showed the VA state fair why we have some of the best students around and a phenomenal teacher in Mr. Baxter. Congratulations to Phillip Beuggert and Daniel Eakin, who earned 2nd place at the SkillsUSA competition today. Toby Rolon and Jeremy Adams earned 4th place. Way to go, guys!

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  • Networking Concepts Class Donates Computers to BRAAC

    From WSLS.com: Students from the Burton Center for Arts and Technology installed about 20 refurbished computers at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center in Roanoke. Students at Burton, a career and technical education center, cleaned and updated all the computers to donate to Blue Ridge. "They're a great upgrade from what they had. They're a lot faster," said Bradley Frye, a junior at Burton. Students at Blue Ridge all have intellectual or developmental disabilities and rely on the computer lab, but not just for classes. "We have students who may have communication delays. So, having access to the computers and iPads and any type of technology allows our students an opportunity to really open the world to them," said Christina Giuliano, the executive director of Blue Ridge. Teachers say the computer lab is the busiest room at the center. The last time they got upgraded computers was four years ago. So, the $1,500 donation will go a long way. "To have, overnight, an opportunity to replace some very old technology that we had in the building with this new up-to-date technology from the Burton Center is just a phenomenal feeling," Giuliano said. "I can't wait to see the students use it." Burton students donate computers to local nonprofits every year. However, this donation hits home for Frye, whose cousin also lives with autism. "I think it's great. I've seen a lot of one-on-one with teachers walking around with students and I think it's a great opportunity for them to get help and learn," Frye said. Students and teachers at both schools say the new computers will help students at Blue Ridge learn the skills they'll need both in - and out - of the classroom.

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  • Engineering Students Re-Design Toy Cars

    BCAT Engineering seniors completed a months-long project in January 2019, highlighted by a hand-off of electric toy cars that were re-designed to accommodate children with unique mobility issues. BCAT would like to thank the wonderful families involved in this as well as the amazing folks at Burlington Elementary, Glenvar Elementary and Roanoke County’s Special Education Department for collaborating with us. This was truly a great team effort!

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  • BCAT Motorsports Team Wins 3rd National Championship!

    Team Vibrant Performance from the Burton Center for Arts & Technology are once again the best engine building team in the nation. On Dec. 8 the team took their third national championship at the annual Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine building championship in Indianapolis. Their final average time was 17:26! The team previously won the national championship in 2014 and 2016. Congratulations to Mr. Overfelt and his crew for bringing the championship back to BCAT! Pictured L-R are: Mr. Overfelt, Matthew Carter (CSHS), Ryan Towles (GHS), Garrett Abshire (CSHS), Tanner Pruzan (WBHS) and Ryan Lyles (WBHS). (Image from Hot Rodders of Tomorrow's Facebook page.)

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