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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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    Please like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BurtonCenterForArtsTechnology/ ...and/or follow us on Twitter! @Burton_Center

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