Center for Mass Communication
Third year students in the Specialty Center for Mass Communications are employed and interning for the Roanoke Railyard Dawgs, putting their multimedia skills to the test in the real world. Starting in September, these students began their training, learning new software and techniques for live broadcasts. These students will continue to progress and improve their skills throughout the rest of the season. Congratulations and Go Dawgs!
Center for engineering
Seniors are designing and modifying battery powered cars for preschool children with disabilities. These specialized vehicles will be able to improve their motor movement and allow exploration into the world. Seniors are also adapting interactive toys for children with disabilities, like adding new controls (buttons, levers, etc.) for control and accessibility. In addition, students are also working on creating an automatic compost sifter to decompose organic waste for fertilizing crops.
Center for visual Arts
Visual Arts and Museum Studies is currently helping the Seniors create their own unique AP Portfolios. The program is practicing different aspects of art to spark an interest for all students, these skills include wood burning, creating sculptures, paintings, and drawing comic books to help find the right career for all students.
The students of the Criminal Justice Program continue to develop their skills through hands on demonstrations and practices. Second year students are going on a field trip to the General District Court, and then hosting a mock trial with the mass communications students. The third years are currently working on a project that culminates all of their skills. They are working with the building trades program to design and create model crime scenes, and then explaining the proper investigative methods that would be used by a detective.
The Culinary Arts program is cooking up some interesting activities and fun opportunities to put their talents on display. The program served a Veteran’s Day breakfast where they prepared and presented meals to veterans. The program is working on edible housing with the Masonry Program, building miniature houses out of ordinary food. Every day, the Culinary program serves the students at Burton with a student run store. All of these events help the students showcase their talents and improve their skills.
Early childhood education
The ECE program has continued to receive firsthand experience by interacting with children from the TAP (Total Action for Progress) “Head Start” program, an organization based on preparing preschoolers for future learning opportunities. Head Start specifically focuses on teaching children good manners and positive attitudes, as well as promoting physical activity. The partnership provides Head Start children with familiarity of a common learning environment, and in turn provides Burton students with additional, valuable insight into a subject they may want to pursue as their career.
emergency medical technician
Currently, at the Emergency Medical Technician Program at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology students are being taught how to assess a variety of possible and likely situations they might encounter. Students are now practicing on training manikins and their peers to sharpen their recently acquired skills in the field. Next semester, students will partake in real-life situations to experience what being an EMT is like.
The Masonry Program at Burton Center for Arts and Technology has been helping out our local community in job sites such as Cave Spring Schools. They have also put up a sign showing recognition to our country’s veterans. Along with helping out Roanoke, they have been focusing on upper level projects such as fireplaces and building their skills in their field.
Motorsports is currently working on their preparations to the hot-rodder’s of tomorrow competition. They will be competing as the #1 team in the nation. After winning last year and setting a national time record our motorsports engine team is at the top. While at the competition the PRI show is taking place.
The students in the Nursing program are continuing to develop their medical skills with presentations and performing medical simulations in the new facility. The lab has an assortment of medical equipment and mannequins for real world medical simulations as they continue to learn more about the human body and how it works.
video game design and programming
Game design teacher Mr. Warf teaches students skills that advance their knowledge in the creation of video games. Year one game design students are working on obtaining their Microsoft Office certifications. Year two game design students are working on basic visual programming projects.
The welding students are currently tasked with making a number of corrections to a watering trailer. They are doing welding work to the frame, installing a new axle, extending the tongue, and putting in an all new hitch system. They also continue to better their welding abilities every class by working on a number of small projects as practice work.