• NAF Engineering Academy (BHS & JBHS)

  • Hello JBHS NAF Engineering Academy Students,

    We are excited to announce a new class in the engineering academy at John Burroughs. Due to our grant funding, NAF recommendations, and credentials we have made a change in the course sequence. We are happy to provide a more hands-on approach with the addition of Engineering Construction & Design. Students will get the opportunity to participate in and design many more hands-on projects.

    Computer science will still be listed as a recommended elective, but starting with our current 10th graders it will no longer be required to complete the academy. The only exception is the current 10th graders who are enrolled to take AP Computer Science this year. We will accept the AP course in lieu of Construction Engineering & Design. Our incoming 9th graders will be required to follow the new sequence of classes that include the Engineering Construction & Design and Professional Ethics course. Computer science will always be listed as a recommended elective, but it will not be required and will not replace any of our required academy courses.

    All current 11th - 12th graders are welcome and encouraged to take the new class to expand their critical thinking and design skills.

    Thank you,
    The JBHS NAF Team

  • first  thunderbots

    There are a few open spots on the team! See below for the link to sign up.

    Exciting News!  BUSD First Robotics Competition Team 980 is HERE!  The team will be meeting on Tuesday & Thursdays from 5 - 8PM and on Saturdays from 10 - 4PM.  This is an incredible opportunity to get involved in the full engineering process. 

    Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers

    Join Team 980

    Interested? There are a few open spots! - Sign Up Here

    Robot in Action!


  • College Credit Available

    *Must complete the enrollment process with Diana Dysthe in order to get the credit for in-day classes.  Email her at DianaDysthe@burbankusd.org

    Engineering 1 @ JBHS = 3 credits for Intro to Electronics from LAVC. *BHS coming soon.

    Computer Programming at BHS/JBHS = 3 credits for Computer Science 113* at LAVC.  Must take Computer Science 101 at LAVC to receive credit for BUSD class.

    Click HERE to find out how to earn more college classes while in high school.

  • SkillsUSA

    Get involved and join the SkillsUSA chapter at your school.  

    JBHS: Mr. Vezina

    BHS: Ms. Edge

    Mission Statement:  SkillsUSA empowers its member to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.  We improve the quality of our nation's futured skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics.  Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunit for career success.

  • Join a NAF Engineering Academy to get further understanding of how things work, how to solve complex problems, and ultimately how to design and make new things.  Students get hands-on experience with modeling and building, robotics, zSpace computers, 3D printers, and much more.

  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of Algebra 1 but may be enrolled in Algebra 1 and Engineering 1 concurrently with a grade of B or better in Math 8.

    Required Courses:

    Engineering 1

    This STEM course is a basic introduction to engineering for all students. Students who complete this course will learn the concepts necessary in order to develop their ideas into solutions that will improve our lives. Exciting hands-on learning activities like data comparison of heart rates, rating consumer products,  destructive testing and building speakers apply math, science, history and English content from other courses in a STEM experience. This course makes science and mathematics more engaging, interesting, concrete, and relevant. The course’s intention and purpose is to educate students in a “main line” method providing STEM education for everyone. While providing a STEM based education for all students, those interested in becoming practicing engineers clearly benefit from this course content.

    Introduction to Computer Science or AP Computer Science (BHS ONLY)

    Intro to Computer Science is a year-long hands-on class that explores computer science concepts of computer terminology and architecture, software, the Internet and web design, and Java programming. The major focus of the course involves an extensive academic study of computer science concepts using the Java programming language. Topics included here are console input and output, programming calculations and operator precedence, predefined Java Math methods, control statements (if-else, for, while) and object-oriented programming. Students who successfully complete this class have been well prepared to take AP Computer Science A the following year.

    Engineering Construction & Design and Professional Ethics (JBHS ONLY) NOTE: This course is now required of all current 10th graders not enrolled in AP Computer Science and required of all incoming 9th graders and any new academy students. Computer science will no longer be required but is now listed as a recommended elective.

    The Engineering Construction & Design course description is coming soon.

    Professional Ethics

    The Professional Ethics course provides a solid understanding of why ethics is important in every profession. After an introduction to several philosophies that inform ethics today, students explore the characteristics of an ethical professional. Students consider the range of dilemmas faced by managers and employees in the workplace. They learn about the qualities of effective leaders and the tools modern professionals use to instill an ethical workplace culture. Throughout the course, students have opportunities to refine their personal sense of ethics as they begin to build an ethical foundation for their professional future.

    Physics or AP Physics

    This physics course is a qualitative and quantitative study of the central concepts of physics including mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Emphasis will be placed on mental imagery that relates to things and events that are familiar in the everyday environment. Physics concepts 65 will be studied with the use of demonstrations, laboratory investigations, multimedia presentations, and student projects. Laboratory work will include some computation.

    Engineering 2

    This advanced engineering STEM course makes a contribution to the curriculum by providing opportunities for students and teachers to link content together and apply it to solve problems. More and more jobs demand advanced skills, requiring people to be able to learn, reason, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems. An understanding of science, technology, engineering and math and their methods contributes in an essential way to these skills. Principles of Engineering is a team-based advanced course designed for most students.  The Principles of Engineering courses' intention and purpose is to educate students in a “main line” method by providing STEM education for everyone. While providing a STEM-based education for all students, those interested in becoming practicing engineers clearly benefit from this course content.


    Some classes may be taken concurrently or out of order.