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. Class is free with admission, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See more art events in June.
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. See more art events in June.
Encounter the predator we all love to fear this Shark Week, July 25-29! Join us for special showings of Great White Shark 3D. Discover the truth behind this powerful underwater creature and why great white sharks are misunderstood. Dig for shark teeth at the Fossil Dig, separate fact from fiction with our shark week factoids and MORE! It's a Science Mill adventure you can sink your teeth into.
Join us 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. Sound like an amazing day? It gets even better! Girl Scouts of Central Texas and the Science Mill are teaming up to bring you a special day at the museum! More information here
Have you ever wondered how high you can jump? How accurately you can kick a ball? How hard you can hit?! Test your balance, measure your reflex, critique your form and improve your focus at this all day event at the Science Mill! For one day only, young and old alike can explore our specially designed Science of Sports stations. Measure your raw ability, get tips to improve your skills and try out new techniques backed by science.
Thursday, March 22- It’s March Math-ness at the Science Mill!
Join our friends from MathHappens 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. More...
Join the Science Mill for Robot Mania during spring break (March 12-16)! Explore the world of robotics and participate in 10 hands-on robot building, programming, coding and battling stations. Activities will include conquering an obstacle course with robotic cars, programming tiny robots, robotic painting with watercolors, battling flipper bots, and more! Plus, see the Science Mill’s new 30-foot-tall Colossal Robotic Hand! The Science Mill will be open 10am until 5pm Monday-Friday of Spring Break week, plus regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. Robotics activities 11am-3pm, Monday-Friday.
Discover the world of engineering through the eyes of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Design and build with a host of hands-on activities led by real life professionals from Noon to 4:00 PM. Can you design a gumdrop dome that holds its shape? How will your paper tower weather gusts of wind? What's the key to building a skyscraper that doesn't topple? Find out the answer to these questions and so much more at this interactive day at the Mill. Learn tricks of the trade, basic principles of engineering and what a day in the life of a civil engineer actually looks like. In addition, there will be showings of Dream Big, a heartfelt story of human ingenuity, throughout the day. This event is free with admission to the Science Mill.
Be an Engineer
This Valentine's Day, fall in love with engineering at the Science Mill's February Homeschool Day. Join real engineers and discover how math and science come together in an engineering design process that creates everything from buildings and bridges to the electronics that power your cell phone. More Information
Be one of the first to see the newest amazing exhibit at the Science Mill’s outdoor Science & Art Park, a 30-foot-tall stainless steel robotic hand! With a remote joystick mimicking the robot hand, kids can easily operate this exhibit making each of these giant fingers move, much like their own. This exhibit is a powerful, interactive icon of creativity, engineering and design.
The Colossal Robotic Hand is from more than 500 individual stainless steel triangles! Want to know more about the design, building and installation of this massive kinetic sculpture? Science Mill creative director and the brain behind the hand, Zac Zamora, will be available to answer questions Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10am-12pm.
Additionally, visitors can also make a fun working hand with commonly found materials and watch 3D printing of components of prosthetic hands used by the e-NABLE community for those in need of an upper limb assistive device. Plus, explore the museum’s 50+ interactive exhibits and watch a 3D movie.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 - BE A MAKER OR INVENTOR
Is your child a problem solver? An inventor or tinkerer? Does she like to take things apart and is intrigued by finding new and inventive ways to put them back together? An industrial design pro shows kids how to harness this curiosity in a career that's all about imagining and inventing.
What is Industrial Design? Industrial designers combine art, business and engineering to develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, electronics, toys and even exhibits for museums like the Science Mill. Industrial design pro Erich Rose gives kids an inside look into the world of industrial design and how it led him to creating fun, interactive museum exhibits for children. 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
Bring 3D Creations to Life
3D Digital Design Studio. Have you heard about creating cool stuff with 3D printing and want to try it? Let your imagination be your guide and harness your inner designer using Tinkercad software to create printable 3D designs.
Doodle your Dreams. Take your two-dimensional sketches and doodle them using 3D Pens! Your artistry and skill take your design to the next level and develop a unique, 3D doodle.
Devise Electronic Devices. Now make your creations move, buzz and light up! Use creative electronic blocks, called littleBits, to explore 3D invention design.
Explore the Land of Misfit Toys
Inspect-a-Gadget. Are you curious about how mechanical toys, gadgets and gizmos work? Detect, inspect and dissect toys and discover their inner workings. Reveal the hidden secrets that make them ring, buzz, move, talk, light up and come alive. Come play in a whole new way.
Toy Transformation. Become a toy designer or artist! Create something completely new from dissected toys and gizmo guts. What will you make? An original toy or work of art?
Visions of Visionaries. Now that you have an original creation, imagine yourself as the Chief Innovation Officer of your own company! Write a company profile, design a logo, develop packaging and marketing materials for your innovative design. Plus, shoot a stop-motion animation commercial!