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October - Be an Earth Scientist

Earth’s Weather:

Red sky in the morning, a sailor’s warning. Red sky at night, a sailor’s delight.

What does all that red sky stuff mean, anyway? Find out when you join us for October Homeschool Day! We’ll spend the day focused on careers in Earth Science.

Guest Speaker Presentations- 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm

Our special guest, Paul Yura, is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio. Weather is not only a great science, but very challenging with meteorologists trying to guess what Mother Nature will do next.  He will describe the day in a life of a meteorologist from the education that it takes, the challenges of working the weather events, and the frustrations of being wrong all the time.

Hands-on Activities- Stations run continuously from 11am-2pm

Wind Tube

Make your own flying object and see how it travels through the wind tube. Can you adjust the weight of your flying object to make it hover inside the tube?

 Water Cycle in a Bag & Acid Rain

Draw the water cycle on a baggie, add colored water, and tape it to the windows of the Science Mill to absorb heat. Come back after participating in other activities and check your water cycle. Will you have condensation and precipitation in your baggie?

We will also have an acid rain demonstration at this station. Learn about what makes acid rain and see how it affects the environment!

Topographic Maps Kit

We’ll create a hands-on illustration of the relationship between a topographic map and the shape of the land.


Visit our iGlobe exhibit any time during Homeschool Day for a special weather presentation!                                                                                                             


Learning Labs:

$5 for non-members, $4.50 for members, Learning Labs are included for STEM Scholars

Due to the popularity of Learning Labs, reservations are strongly encouraged. Space is limited! Email to reserve your child's spot.

K-2: Wind Currents, 10:30am, lasts 45 minutes

Explore wind and how it affects object movement.

3-5: DIY Weather Station, 11:30am, lasts 1 hour

Design your own wind vane, anemometer and thermometer.

6-8: Microbit - Weatherbit, 1:00pm, lasts 1 hour

Code your Microbit to collect weather data, and then take the lab outside to check your coding skills.

Earlier Event: September 13
September - Be a Chemist
Later Event: November 8
November - Be a Technologist