Join us for Homeschool Day!

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We invite homeschool families and groups to join us on on Homeschool Day each month during the school year to explore the Science Mill. In addition to museum exhibits, we will offer a 3D movie and themed demonstrations and hands-on activities with scientists.

Museum hours are 10am-4pm.

Cost: $6 per student. 1 free educator per student. Additional adults are $10. Demos, activities and 3D movie are free with admission.

Learning Labs will be offered for an additional cost of $4 - $6 per student. (Limited space available. Due to the popularity of Learning Labs, reservations are strongly encouraged. Email fieldtrips@sciencemill.org to reserve your child's spot. )

 

Thursday, March 22- It’s March Math-ness at the Science Mill!

Join our friends from Math Happens for a Homeschool Day focused on math and physics. Math Happens is Central Texas-based organization dedicated to creating and supporting development of mathematical experiences outside of the classroom.

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HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES presented by Math Happens- 11am-3pm

The Birthday Paradox: Find your birthday twin at the museum!  The math behind this game involves probabilities, permutations, exponents, factorials, and symbols. The more people in attendance on Homeschool Day, the more likely you are to find your birthday twin. One hundred people means there’s a 99% chance of up to 10 matches. Will you be one of them?

Euclidian Construction Window Chalk Designs: Decorate the Science Mill’s windows while you learn about Euclid’s elements and other fundamental concepts of geometry. Try to predict what shapes will emerge when you create beautiful designs with different lengths of string and colored chalk!

Geometrical Mirror Reflection Art: Explore the patterns possible using just the straight line and variations in positions of the “mirror book.” Principles of plane geometry, symmetry, geometric construction, and proof are incorporated into this experience that also includes opportunities for individual expression and creativity.

 

LEARNING LABS

(Don’t forget to register in advance by emailing fieldtrips@sciencemill.org!)

Pattern Palooza (K-2nd grades, 10:30-11:15, $4)

It’s a shape shindig! Students will create tangram style masterpieces out of pattern blocks. This pattern party develops geometric thinking and spatial reasoning through picture-making tasks, and by exploring shape combination and deconstruction.

Pendulum Painting (3rd-5th grades, 11:30-12:30, $5)

In this spirograph-inspired lab, students will work in pairs to build a painting pendulum. Discover how basic physics principles impact the pendulum’s patterns, and make predictions about how variables will change your painting. What patterns will your pendulum paint?   

Marble Roller Coaster (6th-8th grades, 1:00-2:15, $6)

Explore the FUNdamental physics of speed, velocity, acceleration, and friction while working in teams to design a 12-foot flexible roller coaster. See which type of “rider” accelerates at the fastest speed and makes it through the loops!    


The dates for this year's Homeschool Days are below. Please stay tuned for more details.

 

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