Fun With Chemistry features women in natural sciences

Join us on Saturday, May 5, 2018, for a day dedicated to women in STEM. Fun with Chemistry featuring the UT Women in Natural Sciences group will be on site with hands-on activities and shows. These hair-raising, mind-melting experiments will blow you away! All activities and shows are free with museum admission.

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“I am highly motivated to inspire students of all ages to pursue a degree in STEM - all while diminishing the stigma around women in science.”
Kate Biberdorf, Ph. D., Lecturer and the Director of Demonstrations and Outreach for The University of Texas at Austin

Hands-On Activities, 10:30a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:

  • Moon Rock Station - Carve your own personal moon rock made with materials you can find at home!

  • Oobleck Station - Observe the physical properties of a non-Newtonian fluid when a solid substance melts in your hands!

  • Van der Graaf Station - Interact with an electrostatic generator and feel the current run through your veins… and possibly even your hair!

Shows scheduled multiple times between 10:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.:

  • Oscillating Clock - Watch the Briggs-Rauscher reaction in action when a solution magically changes colors!

  • Thundercloud - Have you ever mixed liquid nitrogen with burning hot water? Prepare for an explosive reaction!


Sound like an amazing day? It gets even better!

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Girl Scouts of Central Texas and the Science Mill are teaming up to bring you a special day at the museum! All Girl Scouts, from Daisies through Cadettes, are invited to join us at the Science Mill on Saturday, May 5  from 10a.m. - 4p.m. for self-guided activities and special workshops. Daisies will design and build model cars, while Brownies and Junior Scouts get acquainted with bugs and animal habitats! Cadettes will use the fractalarium to discover patterns in nature!

You can earn patches or badges, and interact with female scientists from UT’s Women in Natural Sciences group! Self-guided activities are open to all Girl Scouts, and are included with museum admission (discount admission of $7 for girls wearing Girl Scout uniforms). Earned patches and badges will be available for purchase.

Special workshops available for a fee:

  • Daisies (K-1) - Coding with Color! Spend some time with our gang of Ozobots, and earn your Programming Robots badge. 10:30-11:15 a.m., $4

  • Brownies (2-3) - Coding with Color! Spend some time with our gang of Ozobots, and earn your Programming Robots badge. 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., $4

  • Junior Scouts (4-5) - Oh My Ozobots! Take programming to the next level, and earn your Programming Robots badge. 12:45-1:30 p.m., $4

  • Cadettes (6-8) - We’re Mad for mBots! Earn a Robotics Fun Patch. 2-3:30 p.m., $6.

Workshops are limited to 30 Girl Scouts per class and are first come, first served. You will be able to sign up for a workshop upon arrival.