STEAM-Y Summer Fun!

School may be out soon, but you can still get an A this summer when we go from STEM to STEAM at the Science Mill! During the month of June we are partnering with local artists and galleries to explore the intersection of art and science.

All month long we have activities and demonstrations by artists and galleries, and will be adding more events over the next couple weeks. Check back here often for additions and updates to the schedule!


Trash to Treasure

Saturday, June 2, 10am-noon & 1-3pm

Join world famous artist, McKay Otto, at this one-of-a-kind art class at the Science Mill! Bring your old toys, recyclables, unwanted household items and your creativity. Get ready to create your own masterpiece! Ages 8+ are invited to attend. Two classes offered at 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. The class is free with admission, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now by emailing


Solar Art

Friday, June 8, 11am-2pm

Use the power of the sun to harness your creativity! Using magnifying glasses, we'll burn designs into wood and we'll also explore the properties of prisms and shadows. Free with admission.


Cyanotype Making

Saturday, June 16, 11am-2pm

A Smith Gallery and the Science Mill bring you a perfect summer project: cyanotype making! Use sun and water to turn a dyed piece of fabric into art. At 11:30am we’ll all work together to create a 9’ x 9’ cyanotype masterpiece. Leave your mark by using part of your body or a prop. You can also create a personal 6” x 6” cyanotype picture to take home. Both cyanotype activities are free with admission. The individual cloths will be available while supplies last, limit 1 per person.


Get on the Right Side (of Your Brain)!

Saturday, June 23, noon, 1pm & 2pm

Johnson City’s own Echo Gallery presents a brain-bending workshop! John Sone and Linda Haddock lead a drawing exercise that engages both your verbal system and your visual system. Explore how it feels to switch from your dominant hand to your less dominant, and what that mental shift means for both your art and your state of mind.

This workshop is free with admission, and open to ages 9 and up (children under 9 can participate with a parent). 30 minute workshops will be held at noon, 1pm and 2pmSpaces are limited. Email us at to reserve your spot.


Bike Art

Every Wednesday in June, 11am-2pm

Hop on our stationary bike and pedal and steer your way to the next great artistic masterpiece! It's a mess of fun! Free with admission. (2).gif

Daily June STEAM Activities- During normal operating hours


WonderGraph—try your hand at this mesmerizing combination of physics, art, math, and geometry! Free with admission.


Silo of McKays – Staff-guided tours of the silo occur daily. Check the schedule upon arrival. Tours last about 10-15 minutes, and are free with admission.


3D Printing- Be sure to stop by the 3D printer in the lobby each day to see it in action! Free with admission.

Self-guided tour of Art at the Mill. Pick up information at the front desk and explore the artistic installations throughout the facility. Free with admission.

See what other special activities we have going on at the Mill this summer