Homeschool Days

Join us each month for Homeschool Day!

We invite homeschool families and groups to join us on the second Wednesday of each month to explore the Science Mill. In addition to museum exhibits, we will offer special demonstrations, activities and guests. Museum hours are 10am-4pm.

Cost: $6 per student. 1 free educator per student. Additional adults are $10. No reservations required.

Learning Labs will be offered for an additional cost of $4 - $6 per student. (Limited space available for Learning Labs. Save a spot by emailing fieldtrips@sciencemill.org with your child's name and which Learning Lab you would like to attend.)


On Wednesday, April 12, special activities and guest will include:

Harness the power of the sun with GroFizz this month! Make your own solar cell which can be assembled into a modern solar light. (10:30am-2pm)

Experience game development first hand with a demo of Game Worlds's upcoming workshop! Students will select and customize a character of their choice, then build a level for them to explore! (10am-2pm)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a meteorologist from the National Weather Service join us with several hands-on exhibits including a weather balloon, radiosonde instrument and small tornado machine! 30 minute demos at 11am, 12 and 1pm.

It's wildflower season! Join park rangers from Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park to learn about the important role pollinators play in our everyday lives! Rangers will have pollinator themed crafts and be offering guided walks of the Johnson Settlement were you can see pollinators in action! 

April's Learning Labs (NEW THIS SPRING- LEARNING LABS FOR EVERY AGE EVERY MONTH)

10:30am- Elemetrics (grades K-2)

Measure me this, can a platypus fit in the Paludarium? Investigate the world around you with hands-on, minds-on activities utilizing nonstandard forms of measurement. Invent a new rule of thumb to quantify everyday “stuff and things” to become a measurement master!  $4, 45 minutes

11:30am- Conductive Creatures (grades 3-5)

Use basic chemistry skills to make conductive and non-conductive Play-Doh. Use the Play-Doh, a battery and LED lights to design and mold your own conductive creature to take home! $4, 45 minutes

1:00pm- mBot Mayhem (grades 6-12)

Delve into the concepts of Arduino-based microcontrollers, sensors, programming and robotics with the mBot!  Enjoy a hands-on experience with an all-in-one solution for programming, electronics and robotics basics with a series of programming challenges. $6, 75 minutes


2016-2017 Homeschool Days

Date Learning Lab Age Learning Lab Topic Special Guests
Sept. 14 3rd-5th grade Oh My Ozobots! Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Scobee Education Center
Oct. 12 K-2nd grade Elemetrics Baylor Scott & White, Game Worlds
Nov. 9 3rd-5th grade Shape Shifter City Gro Fizz, Game Worlds, Baylor Scott & White, Texas Stream Team
Dec. 14 6th-12th grade mBot Mayhem Gro Fizz, Learn Nature, Guided hikes with LBJ National Park Service Rangers
Jan. 11 All ages- K-2, 3-5, & 6-12

10:30am: Zippity Doo Daa! (grades K-2)

11:30am: Zip Away (grades 3-5)

1:00pm: Dive In! (grades 6-12)

Gro Fizz, Scobee Education Center, Game Worlds

Feb. 8 All ages- K-2, 3-5, & 6-12

10:30am: Forensics Fun (grades K-2)

11:30am: Bacteria Detectives (grades 3-5)

1:00pm: Ozobot Olympics (grades 6-12)

Gro Fizz, National Park Service guided hikes, Makey-Makey fun with Science Mill staff.

Mar. 8 All ages- K-2, 3-5, & 6-12

10:30am: Pattern Palooza (grades K-2)

11:30am: Oh My Ozobots (grades 3-5)

1:00pm: Magnificent Mobile (grades 6-12)

Gro Fizz, Game Worlds
Apr. 12 All ages- K-2, 3-5, & 6-12

10:30am: Elemetrics (grades K-2)

11:30am: Conductive Creatures (grades 3-5)

1:00pm: mBot Mayhem (grades 6-12)

Gro Fizz, Game Worlds, NOAA (National Weather Service), Guided hikes and pollination activity with LBJ National Park Service Rangers

May 10 All ages- K-2, 3-5, & 6-12

10:30am: TBD (grades K-2)

11:30am: TBD (grades 3-5)

1:00pm: TBD (grades 6-12)

Gro Fizz, Game Worlds, Texas Stream Team, Live animals from Learn Nature

Stay tuned as we continue to add more special guests. Repeat guests will have different activities each month. Please click here for a description of Learning Labs.

Please sign up to receive our electronic educator newsletter to stay informed about Homeschool Days by contacting us at info@sciencemill.org to be added to our email list.

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