Bat Bazaar: You’re Guano Love These Bats!
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Bat Bazaar: You’re Guano Love These Bats!

Yep, we’re bat crazy and it’s a good thing! Come find out why bats are one of our area’s most beneficial native mammals and meet some of these special creatures at the Science Mill!

Southern Wildlife Rehab will be here with their Bat Cave full of unique exhibits and two special presentations with… live bats!

Plus! Experience navigating like a bat with our sonar simulator challenge! We'll have lots of hands-on activities that you do not want to miss, and…

Visitors who dress up in their Halloween costumes will receive FREE Excavation Kits from our Science Store!*
*While supplies last.

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Science Outside - FREE Family Workshop
Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Science Outside - FREE Family Workshop

FREE Family Workshop
Fun for all ages! Sisters, Brothers, Parents & Grandparents - All are welcome!

Two Saturdays this October 12th & 26th
Come to one or both!

Lunches and snacks provided for each participant –
menu will be available with registration email!
*If you have specific food needs, please feel free to bring your own lunch.

Saturday, October 26th Itinerary

  • Birding activities at Pedernales Falls State Park

  • Wildlife Identification hike at Pedernales Falls State Park

  • Lunch Break

  • Geology hike with Park interpreter

  • Sound mapping at Pedernales Falls State Park

Saturday, October 26th Itinerary
Birding activities at Pedernales Falls State Park

  • Wildlife Identification hike at Pedernales Falls State Park

  • Lunch Break

  • Geology hike with Park interpreter

  • Sound mapping at Pedernales Falls State Park

Bus transportation provided with pickup and drop off locations at the Burnet & Marble Falls Boys and Girls Clubs. Parking information will be provided with registration email!

Only 60 spots available per workshop!
Email the name for your registration, number in your party and ages of children attending to programs@sciencemill.org or call 844-263-6405 ext. 1008 with questions.

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Science Outside - FREE Family Workshop
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Science Outside - FREE Family Workshop

FREE Family Workshop
Fun for all ages! Sisters, Brothers, Parents & Grandparents - All are welcome!

Two Saturdays this October 12th & 26th
Come to one or both!

Lunches and snacks provided for each participant –
menu will be available with registration email!
*If you have specific food needs, please feel free to bring your own lunch.

Saturday, October 12th Itinerary
BioBlitz with iNaturalist and Seek

  • Gather specimens to view with field microscopes

  • Lunch Break

  • Code a pedometer for GPS scavenger hunt

  • Program a portable weather station

Saturday, October 26th Itinerary
Birding activities at Pedernales Falls State Park

  • Wildlife Identification hike at Pedernales Falls State Park

  • Lunch Break

  • Geology hike with Park interpreter

  • Sound mapping at Pedernales Falls State Park

Bus transportation provided with pickup and drop off locations at the Burnet & Marble Falls Boys and Girls Clubs. Parking information will be provided with registration email!

Only 60 spots available per workshop!
Email the name for your registration, number in your party and ages of children attending to programs@sciencemill.org or call 844-263-6405 ext. 1008 with questions.

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Homeschool Day - Careers in Chemistry
Oct
9
10:00 AM10:00

Homeschool Day - Careers in Chemistry

Career Expert 

Jim Myers, P.E.

Careers in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Presentation Times: 11:00 & 12:00

Jim Myers has more than 35 years of experience in chemical engineering and environmental regulatory programs with positions in industry, state government and consulting. He has been certified as a “testifying expert” in air pollution regulation and has served as a technical resource to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as a member of various advisory groups and committees. Now retired, Jim focuses on fishing and golf (and sharing his expertise with students!).

 Hands-on Activities

Stations run continuously from 10am-2pm


Floating Art 

Have you ever envisioned your drawings coming to life and moving around on your paper? In this activity, your drawings will move around when you make them float on water...all due to chemistry!

Chemistry in a Bag 

Demos at 10:30, 11:30, 1:00

Interact with a Science Mill Educator as they explain the basics of physical and chemical changes. They will also be demonstrating an exothermic and endothermic chemical reaction. Come learn, see and “feel” the difference!

Invisible Ink Secret Message 

Step into the spy world and see how chemistry is used in secret missions! Use our invisible ink pens to write a message then use a revealing agent to unveil your secret!


Learning Labs (Limited space available - reserve today!)

Kinder-2nd Grade - Chromatography Butterflies, 10:30am, lasts 45 minutes

Come explore the world of chromatography which is how chemists separate mixtures.  Be a chemist and use chromatography paper to separate the various pigments in markers.  Once done, turn your chemistry project into a butterfly you can take home.

3rd-5th Grade - Dirty Ducks, 11:30am, lasts one hour

Investigate the chemistry of how soap interacts with the water and fat in different milks affecting the surface tension.  Take this new knowledge into a secondary investigation as you test different soaps to see which works best to clean up the oil spill from your dirty duck.

6th-12th Grade - Edible Water Bottles, 1pm, lasts one hour

Learn about the chemistry of spherification for designing drinks in edible packaging.  Design your recipe, test “and taste” your creation, and explore ways to design environmentally conscious packaging. 


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Girl Scout Day
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Girl Scout Day

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, September 28th, 10am - 4pm for self-guided STEM activities, chances to earn patches and badges, and special workshops.

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Homeschool Day - Careers in Aerospace
Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Homeschool Day - Careers in Aerospace

Careers in Aerospace

 Career Expert: Paul Branch
11:00am & 12:30pm

Mr. Paul Branch served for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps as an aviation radar systems technician.  He then went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was hired in 1981 by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, as an air traffic control specialist, serving initially at Albuquerque Center (ARTCC).  Mr. Branch served in various capacities as an air traffic controller over a 33-year career, culminating in his position as National Traffic Management Officer at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center.  Mr. Branch, a native Texan, now resides on a ranch in Blanco County, which he shares with his wife, Pepper, of 42+ years, plus a bunch of dogs, a flock of sheep, and a coop full of chickens!

Hands-on Activities

Stations run continuously from 10am-2pm


Constellation Tubes

Who says you can’t bring the stars indoors? At this station you will craft your own “telescope” and constellation pattern to help you do some indoor “star-gazing.”

Moon Craters

Ever wonder why our moon’s surface looks the way it does?  Come find out as you simulate a rock impacting the surface of the moon and observe ejecta patterns.  

Pocket Sun Clocks

Create a small paper sundial to indicate time based on the position of the sun in the sky.  


Learning Labs

K-2 -Planets in Motion, 10:30am, lasts 45 minutes

Can you name the order of the planets in our solar system, beginning with the planet closest to the Sun?  Do you know the inner planets, outer planets and what heavenly bodies separate them? Do planets move in space?  Join us to discover the answers to these questions and much more as you create a solar system model to take home with you!

3-5 - Bubble Blasted Rockets, 11:30am, lasts one hour

Learn about the driving power that pushes rockets up into space! Work with your aerospace engineering team to design a rocket and use a substitute fuel to launch your rocket. See how high your team’s rocket can fly!

6-12 - Payload Challenge, 1pm, lasts one hour

Rocket lift systems somehow defy gravitational pull. Work with your aerospace engineering team to create the best balloon rocket lift that can deliver the largest payload to the ceiling!

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Tortoise Baby Naming Contest!
Aug
10
to Aug 18

Tortoise Baby Naming Contest!

Come meet the newest members of the Science Mill family and help us name them!

Visit the Science Mill between August 10th - August 18th and be the first to meet our new hatchlings and give us your best tortoise name suggestions. The winners will receive two (2) free admission tickets and a Science Mill t-shirt!

Plus, don’t miss our daily tortoise feedings at 12:15pm when we feed leafy greens, fruits and veggies to our adult tortoises, Speedy, Tortilla, and Miss Jiff. Learn about these amazing creatures with a Q&A by one of our staff biologists.

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Shark Week!
Jul
31
to Aug 4

Shark Week!

Shark Week is back at the Science Mill! Encounter the predator we all love to fear this Shark Week, July 31 - August 4!

Join the Science Mill for special showings of Great White Shark 3D, dig for real shark teeth at the Fossil Dig, get up close and personal with a prehistoric megalodon shark jaw and MORE.

It's a Science Mill adventure you can sink your teeth into!

All this and a membership bonus, too? You bet! Purchase or renew a Science Mill membership in the month of July and get one free shark book per membership. We have books for all ages, so come pick out your favorite!

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Incredible Insects
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Incredible Insects

We don’t want to bug you, but we’re buzzing with excitement over this event! Come to the Science Mill for a day of hands-on insect activities (that’s right, we said hands-on and insect activities in the same sentence!) and live demos and presentations including:

Radford’s Roach Roadshow with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, a special presentation on “Zombie Insects Controlled by Viruses,” living beneficial bugs, flesh eating dermestid beetles and more!

All this and a membership bonus, too? You bet! Purchase or renew a Science Mill membership in the month of July and get one free book per membership. We have books for all ages, so come pick out your favorite!

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Open July 4th!
Jul
4
10:00 AM10:00

Open July 4th!

Start your day with the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Parade around the Blanco County Courthouse at 10am and end it with a fireworks show at the Blanco County Fairgrounds at 9:15pm. 

Whatever will you do in between the parade and fireworks? We have a thought…

 Visit the Science Mill on July 4th for some STEM-filled summertime fun!

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Drones & Droids
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Drones & Droids

Calling all Star Wars fans, space explorers, and drone enthusiasts! Join the Science Mill for an out of this world event featuring high-flying drones, radical robots, and insta-worthy photo ops you won't want to miss! Special activities include:


—Take flight with professional drone pilot Mateo and put on pro FPV (first person viewing) goggles to see what he sees as he pilots his pro FPV racing drone outside and through the trees. Then step inside the exhibit halls as we fly Tiny Whoop micro-drones through the high beams and giant Megalodon shark jaw!


—Insta-worthy photo ops you won’t want to miss! Come meet and take a photo with a life-size, hand built R2-D2, then stick around to meet former NASA astronaut Tom Henricks and take a photo with a real life astronaut!


Plus! Flynoshop will have Tiny Whoop Micro-Drones for sale in our gift shop. While supplies last!

More surprises take flight that day, so you don’t want to miss it!

All Drones & Droids activities are free with admission. Remember, picnics are always welcome!

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Texas Playboys Baseball Game
Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

Texas Playboys Baseball Game

Admission fees from the Texas Playboys game on Saturday, June 15 will benefit the Science Mill. Come hang out with Science Mill staff at the game, too! 

See how fast you can toss a baseball at Dave, the swatting robot. Aim for the target and measure your speed with a radar gun! Try your hand at making some of the biggest bubbles you've ever seen. You don't want to miss this ballgame! 

WHAT: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER game featuring the New Orleans Sauce vs Texas Playboys Baseball Club  
WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 3:00 PM 
WHERE: 5707 North Dunlap, Austin, TX

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Dr. Kold!
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Dr. Kold!

It’s heating up outside, but the Science Mill is always kold… when Dr. Kold is here, that is!

Join us when Dr. Kold demonstrates the amazing transformative powers of liquid nitrogen. Witness freezing science experiments, and discover how to make ice cream in under a minute. If combining fun and learning makes you hungry, you’re in luck - everyone in the audience will get a scoop of ice cream!

Dr. Kold’s presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes, and is open to all ages. This event is free with admission, but seating in the theater is limited. We recommend buying tickets in advance and arriving early!

Presentation Times : 11am, 12pm and 1pm

Note: Due to the Dr. Kold event, we’re adjusting our 3D movie schedule for the day.

Click Here to order tickets and reserve your spot!

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Memorial Day Weekend Scavenger Hunt
May
25
to May 27

Memorial Day Weekend Scavenger Hunt

Calling all caped crusaders and masked marvels! Iconic superheroes love our exhibits. They see some of their own powers represented among the many STEM principles on display at the Mill, like: Regeneration Genetics, Telepathic Mental Powers and the Ability to Control the Weather!

Explore our STEM-tastic exhibits to find the superheroes and their powers. Can you find all 10 to create the ultimate heroic team of super-powered beings?

But wait, that’s not all!

  • Dress up* like a superhero (pick your favorite or create your own!) for your adventure through the Mill.

  • Enjoy all the Mill has to offer, like our one-of-a-kind Science & Art Park, where kids can run, play, and learn.

  • Take advantage of our beautiful outdoor space for picnics (bring your own, or pick up food at Lady Bird Lane Cafe).

  • Experience unique exhibits you can't see anywhere else, like a working Aquaponics Greenhouse!

The Superhero Scavenger Hunt is a self-led activity, and is available throughout Memorial Day weekend, Saturday-Monday, May 25-27, 2019.

*Superhero costumes are optional, but strongly encouraged. A Mill full of caped crusaders would make our whole weekend!

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May Homeschool Day - Be A Coder
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

May Homeschool Day - Be A Coder

Careers in Coding & Computer Science
Plus, STEM Scholar Graduation!
Everyone should learn how to code, it teaches you how to think.  --Steve Jobs


Career Expert Talks
11:30am and 1:00pm
Jennie Kam from Cisco will join us to talk about cybersecurity and staying safe online.

Bonus Activity: Play Pitching Packets with Cisco Employees!
Space is limited to 30 students per session. Cisco will be on site to run the game twice during Homeschool Day:  11:00am and 12:30pm.

The Pitching Packets Game demonstrates important networking lessons, like how internet traffic is fragmented, how core routers handle the most internet traffic, what slows down a network, and internet security.  

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

Binary Code Bracelets
Binary Code is how computers store information. Examine the code, learn the binary alphabet, and then make a bracelet of your initials in binary code!

Botley Coding Challenge Course
Botley the robot is ready to run through our challenge course.  Can you code him to successfully complete the challenge?

Learning Labs and Pricing:
$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 fieldtrips@sciencemill.org to reserve your child's spot.

 K-2 - Learning to Code with Hotwheels, 10:30am, lasts 45 minutes
Take turns being the “programmers” and the “robot car.” Use coding cards to see who can program the robot car to complete the race track course without running into hot lava!

3-5 - MicroPet, 11:30am, lasts one hour
Create a pet by coding your MicroBit! Your pet will light up with different shapes and faces, and it will play music in response to different actions.

6-8 - Ardueno K’Nex, 1pm, lasts one hour
Test your coding skills! Code an Arduino to control a servo, and move a pre-made K’Nex machine.

STEM Scholar Graduation - 2:30pm
Please join us in the backyard Science and Art Park to celebrate the accomplishments of our inaugural STEM Scholars! Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.


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Bubble Fiesta!
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Bubble Fiesta!

It’s a fiesta of bubbles! Join us in our back yard, the Science & Art Park, for a party that’s poppin’!

We'll have multiple hands-on "bubble creation stations" set up around our various outdoor exhibits. These stations encourage inquiry-based learning with hands-on activities integrating science, engineering, math, and fun! Bubble activities include:

 Build Your Own Bubble Wand Station - Get creative and engineer your own, unique bubble wands .

Bubble Formula Station - Concoct your own bubble solution and learn what makes the biggest, best bubbles.

Multi-Dimensional Bubble Station - Construct geometric shapes that interact with bubble solution to make multi-dimensional bubbles you'll have to see to believe.

Giant Bubble Station - The bigger the better!

 Admission includes all of this plus over 50 hands-on interactive exhibits throughout the historic mill. The Science Mill will be open from 10-4pm and bubble festivities will run from 11-2pm on May 4.  

In case of inclement weather this event will be postponed.

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Butterfly Bonanza!
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Butterfly Bonanza!

Have the day off of school and work on April 19? Come celebrate Earth Day (a few days early) with the Science Mill, during our Second Annual Butterfly Bonanza!

Kids can release a butterfly* in our new Aquaponics Greenhouse! Take in the beauty of these delicate creatures and play a round of Greenhouse Bingo among the bonanza of butterflies, too!

Tour of our freshly planted butterfly garden in the Science & Art Park. Learn about the plants we chose, and why they’re good for butterflies. Take home a plant identification card and use it to plan your own garden!

Catch a special showing of Flight of the Butterflies 3D. For one day only, you can follow the monarchs as they undertake the longest insect migration on earth!

*Butterflies available for release while supplies last.

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April Homeschool Day - Be an Environmental Scientist
Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

April Homeschool Day - Be an Environmental Scientist

Careers in Environmental Science
We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.  --Margaret Mead

Career Expert
11:00, 12:00, 1:00

 This month, Corey Batson, Executive Director of Urban Interface, joins us! He will share what it’s like to work with wildlife in educational and conservation settings, including his experience in wildlife rehabilitation and environmental interpretation.

Mr. Batson is also bringing a couple special guests: a great horned owl and a peregrine falcon! Together, we will examine how they interact with their handlers and the public for educational purposes.

The Urban Interface was founded in 2013 and is dedicated to providing continuing education and conservation of wildlife and nature.

Hands-on Activities

Stations run continuously from 11am-2pm

Urban Interface
Urban Interface will be here with birds of prey! You will get to meet friends like Valkyrie the Peregrine Falcon, Hermes the Great Horned Owl, and possibly a Swainsons Hawk or Red Tailed Hawk.


Bird Beak Buffet
Step up to the buffet table and choose a tool that representing a type of bird beak! See how much “food” you can collect in 20 seconds.  Is the “beak” you chose better suited for eating certain types of food?


Water Cycle Bracelet
Come play the Incredible Journey! You will be a drop of water and each roll of the dice shows where you are traveling in the water cycle (clouds, river, lake, plants, soil, ocean, groundwater, glacier, animals). As you travel this incredible journey through the water cycle, you will collect a colored bead at each location. String all of your beads together on twine to make a bracelet representing your personal journey through the water cycle!

Learning Labs and Pricing:
$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 fieldtrips@sciencemill.org to reserve your child's spot.

 K-2 - Gettin’ Buggy With It, 10:30am, lasts 45 minutes: Come learn how scientists classify living things!  Observe and classify a set of specimen blocks in different ways. Then make your own classification criteria, sort your specimen blocks and graph your new data!

3-5 - Nature Sound Mapping, 11:30am, lasts one hour: Have you ever made a sound map? Join us as we venture into the LBJ Settlement to experience the nature all around us, and use our “fox” ears to really listen to the sounds that nature makes! Create your very own sound map as we immerse ourselves into the environment that surrounds us.

6-8 - GPS Scavenger Hunt, 1pm, lasts one hour: Come learn the basics of using a Garmin GPS to mark waypoints. Then explore nature at the LBJ Settlement as you participate in an environmental science scavenger hunt. Read clues, find your locations, and mark waypoints along the way as you learn about several different careers in this science field. Once you complete the scavenger hunt, use your GPS waypoints to make a map of your adventure and highlight nature you experienced along the way!


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Spring Break! Week 2
Mar
19
to Mar 22

Spring Break! Week 2

Mechanical Marvels at the Science Mill this Spring Break!

Bring your family! Bring your friends! Guide robots through an obstacle course, and check our our tech spin on K’Nex. Let your imagination inspire new creations! Special Spring Break stations will include an mBot obstacle course, where up to four drivers at once will use iPads to drive their mBots through lots of twists and turns. We’ll also have joystick-controlled machines made of K’Nex. Once you’ve mastered operating those, you can try your hand at inventing and coding your own creation. Put your knowledge of physics and engineering to work, and see what your machine can do!

Special activities will run from 11:30am-2pm on the following dates:

  •  Tuesday, March 12

  • Wednesday, March 13

  • Thursday, March 14

  • Friday, March 15

  • Tuesday, March 19

  • Wednesday, March 20

  • Thursday, March 21

  • Friday, March 22

Don’t miss the brand new Aquaponics Greenhouse during your visit! Walk into a working aquaponics system to see how fish, plants and microbes work together to create healthy food. Discover fruit, vegetables and tropical plants in vertical growing tubes, floating rafts and a giant living wall. This unique ecosystem represents the technology, beauty, practicality and science for sustainable agriculture and healthy eating.

Make a customized avatar passport before you explore the Science Mill’s 50+ hands-on exhibits, and see a 3D movie, during our special Spring Beak hours!

Hours for both weeks (March 12-17 and March 19-24):

  • 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday

  • Noon-5pm on Sunday

Additional Parking is available during Spring Break.

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Spring Break! Week 1
Mar
12
to Mar 15

Spring Break! Week 1

Mechanical Marvels at the Science Mill this Spring Break!

Bring your family! Bring your friends! Guide robots through an obstacle course, and check our our tech spin on K’Nex. Let your imagination inspire new creations! Special Spring Break stations will include an mBot obstacle course, where up to four drivers at once will use iPads to drive their mBots through lots of twists and turns. We’ll also have joystick-controlled machines made of K’Nex. Once you’ve mastered operating those, you can try your hand at inventing and coding your own creation. Put your knowledge of physics and engineering to work, and see what your machine can do!

Special activities will run from 11:30am-2pm on the following dates:

  •  Tuesday, March 12

  • Wednesday, March 13

  • Thursday, March 14

  • Friday, March 15

  • Tuesday, March 19

  • Wednesday, March 20

  • Thursday, March 21

  • Friday, March 22

Don’t miss the brand new Aquaponics Greenhouse during your visit! Walk into a working aquaponics system to see how fish, plants and microbes work together to create healthy food. Discover fruit, vegetables and tropical plants in vertical growing tubes, floating rafts and a giant living wall. This unique ecosystem represents the technology, beauty, practicality and science for sustainable agriculture and healthy eating.

Make a customized avatar passport before you explore the Science Mill’s 50+ hands-on exhibits, and see a 3D movie, during our special Spring Beak hours!

Hours for both weeks (March 12-17 and March 19-24):

  • 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday

  • Noon-5pm on Sunday

Additional Parking is available during Spring Break.

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March Homeschool Day - Be a Biologist
Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

March Homeschool Day - Be a Biologist

Careers in Biology

If the brain was so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t .  -Lyall Watson

Career Expert: Robert P. Elde, Ph.D.

The human brain may be the most complicated thing in the Universe. How can we use our own brains to understand brains? Can we study something simpler, and learn how more complex brains work?

At this month’s Homeschool Day, our very own Science Director, Robert P. Elde, Ph.D., will present “How to Learn About the Brain by Studying a Critter That Doesn’t Have One.”

Now, that sounds like a can’t-miss discussion!

Bob is the former dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences. Over his career, he was author or co-author of more than 240 scientific publications in cellular and molecular neuroscience research.

Hands-on Activities

Stations run continuously from 11am-2pm

Neurons

Examine our neuron model to see how electrical signals travel down axons and release chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. Take this knowledge home with you when you make your own fuzzy stick neuron model!

Thaumatropes

Thaumatropes are optical illusion toys that were popular WAY back in the 19th century!  You’ll discover how to use the phenomenon of persistence of vision to create illusions of motion when you design and create a thaumatrope.

Side Dominant Science

Participate in a series of short activities that will determine your “sidedness.”  Figure out whether you generally prefer to do most activities with one side of your body through activities that test your hands, feet, eyes, and ears!

Learning Labs and Pricing

$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 fieldtrips@sciencemill.org to reserve your child's spot.

This month’s labs are all about neurology, with engaging, age-appropriate activities that delve into the science of our brains!

K-2: Build A Brain, 10:30am, lasts 45 minutes

Build a model of one hemisphere of the brain and learn what the what each of the four brain lobes, cerebellum and brain stem control. Does the right side of your brain control the right side of your body?

3-5: Make Your Point, 11:30am, lasts one hour

Make a set of touch testers to measure someone’s ability to detect pressure. Then use the touch testers on your lab partners to test their detection threshold on their fingers, hands, arms, neck, legs & feet. Is your detection threshold the same on all parts of your body?

6-8: One Point-Two Point, 1pm, lasts one hour

Make a one-point-two point tester to investigate whether or not your lab partners feel one or two pressure points on their fingers, palm, forearm, cheek, lip, nose, forehead and more. Learn how skin receptors send pressure signals to the nervous system. Do you think these receptors are distributed evenly around your body?

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Engineering Day
Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

Engineering Day

Engineering Day

Sponsored by the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Sunday, February 24, 12-4pm

What do engineers do all day? Come to the Science Mill on February 24 and find out! 

Join volunteers from the Austin Branch of ASCE for a day of hands-on activities and fun! Explore engineering concepts when you build towers, bridges, flying machines and more.

Thanks to ASCE’s generous sponsorship, the first 100 visitors to the Science Mill will receive free admission!*

*Sunday, February 24 only

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Aquaponics Greenhouse Grand Opening!
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Aquaponics Greenhouse Grand Opening!

Aquaponics Greenhouse Grand Opening: Where Technology Meets Biology!

Saturday, February 16

February is a big month for the Mill! We are celebrating our 4th birthday and the grand opening of an exciting addition: our 1,000-square-foot Aquaponics Greenhouse.

In this new experience, found only at the Science Mill, visitors will walk into a working aquaponics system where they can see how fish, plants and microbes work together to create healthy food. They will see how tilapia, prawns, koi and snapping turtles provide the food to grow fruit, vegetables and tropical plants in vertical growing tubes, floating rafts and in a giant living wall.

This unique ecosystem represents the technology, beauty, practicality and science for sustainable agriculture and healthy eating.

We are marking this momentous occasion with presentations, activities and games that highlight the intersection of technology and biology.

Activities run from 11:30am-2:30pm

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February Homeschool Day - Be an Engineer
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

February Homeschool Day - Be an Engineer

Careers in Engineering

Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing.  --Henry Petroski

Career Speaker
11am & 1pm

Our guest speaker this month is Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Justin Douglas, owner of King Electric Recording in Austin. Join us to find out about the engineering principles behind making musical artists sound amazing!

Justin is a graduate of Berklee School of Music. He has 15 years of experience working on hundreds of recordings, including multi-platinum and Grammy-winning albums and feature films. At this month’s Homeschool Day, Justin will tell us all about his career path, and how he turned his passion for music into an exciting career. 

Hands-on Activities

Stations run continuously from 11am-2pm

Strawbees Creations

Use the Strawbees system to engineer your own creation. These amazingly simple tools promote curiosity and encourage playful learning. What will you dream up? A pet, a dinosaur, a helpful machine or something that’s never before been seen?

Make a Mountain Rescue Litter

Litters are used for rescues in hard to reach places, like mountainous terrain. Be a biomedical engineer when you design and build your own mountain rescue litter to evacuate an injured potato person from the backcountry! Consider principles of weight, stability, portability and ease of assembly when you create your litter.

Mystery Bag Challenge

Grab a mystery bag and make a Pom Pom Launcher! Everyone gets a bag of materials that can be used to manufacture a working launching system. Get creative with your materials to see what you can engineer!

Learning Labs and Pricing:

$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 fieldtrips@sciencemill.org to reserve your child's spot.

 

K-2 - Zippity Doo Dah, 10:30am, lasts 45 minutes: Be an engineer and make a zipline car that safely - but quickly - moves your Lego passenger down ziplines.

3-5 - Crazy Contraptions, 11:30am, lasts one hour: Use building materials to engineer a contraption that moves marbles from the top of a peg board to the bottom.

6-8 - Roller Coaster Tycoon, 1pm, lasts one hour: Design and build a foam roller coaster, complete with loops and jumps, that will successfully deliver different sizes of marbles from beginning to end.


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Snow Day: Making Science Snow Much Fun!
Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Snow Day: Making Science Snow Much Fun!

Join us for our fourth annual family-friendly snow day, when our backyard—the Science & Art Park—is transformed into a winter wonderland of science with more than 20 tons of snow!

Participate in special snow-related science activities from 10am-2pm

  • Watch an ice sculptor turn a block of ice into art

  • Try your hand at our Snowball Slingshot! Can you hit a moving target… on the other side of the creek?

  • See how fast your snowball goes when you toss it at Dave, the snowball-swatting robot. Aim for a target on Dave and we’ll measure your speed!

  • Make some beautiful music with an icicle xylophone!

Stay and play in the snow until closing time. Build a snowman with your family and make some snow angels!

We’ll have delicious treats for sale from local food truck vendors. Warm up with hot cocoa, tacos, and hot dogs, or keep things cool with a snow cone!

When you get chilly, head inside for showing of Waking the T-Rex 3D, about the Field Museum’s T-Rex, Sue. Don’t forget to explore all of the Science Mill’s 50+ hi-touch, hi-tech exhibits, too.

Tickets for Snow Day are available at the door, or get your tickets now to skip the line. (pssst… Snow Day tickets make a great stocking stuffer)!

Snow Day at the Science Mill is open to all and activities are free with admission, which includes access to all of the Science Mill's hands-on exhibits and a 3D movie. In the case of rain, this event will be postponed.

FAQ (including parking and weather info) about Snow Day

Online ticket sales have closed. There will be tickets available at the door.

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January Homeschool Day - Be a Mathematician
Jan
10
10:00 AM10:00

January Homeschool Day - Be a Mathematician

The Intersection of Art and Math: Putting the A & M in STEAM

January is about discovering why art and math make a great pair!

Career Expert: Susan Oliver Heard, GG, GJ, AJA

11am, Noon, 1pm

Join us for one of Susan Oliver Heard’s presentations during this month’s Homeschool Day! Her artistically guided and civic-minded odyssey creates a can’t-miss compelling story of a career built out of a love for both math and the arts.

Susan is the founder and director of Cinnabar Gallery and a Master Jeweler. She is joining us for Homeschool Day this month to artfully connect the dots between math and the humanities. Susan will share her journey from childhood in San Antonio, around the world, and back home again. She’ll tell us how math has been threaded throughout her life’s work in custom jewelry design, art consulting, gallery management, music performance, and civic service. 

From her beginnings in downtown San Antonio, Susan’s studies and career path then led her to Bali to study music, London to study art and drama, and Vienna to study art and piano performance, and to some stops in the States, too. She has BAs in Classics, History, and Political Theory, along with three certifications in jewelry design, fabrication, and graduate gemology from the Gemological Institute of America. Susan, an award-winning jewelry designer, managed art galleries and jewelry stores before returning home to San Antonio where she opened her own gallery, Cinnabar, in 2013. Susan also serves on the City of San Antonio’s zoning commission and the Public Art Committee for San Pedro Creek. 

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

  • Pi Skyline: Create a cityscape by graphing the numbers in Pi! This colorful project starts with the pythagorean theorem and ends with a beautiful art piece.

  • Pythagorean Snail: Discover how mathematical relationships show up in nature when triangles turn into snail shells!

  • Tessellation:  Create a colorful repeating pattern using just one shape!

  • Mobius Strip: Math is beautifully one-sided when it comes to mobius strips! Make your own to take home.

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 fieldtrips@sciencemill.org to reserve your child's spot.

 K-2 Pattern Palooza, 10:30, lasts 45 minutes: Play with pattern blocks to learn how different shapes fit together to make patterns. Then use pattern blocks to make your own picture and create a tessellation.

3-5 Shapeshifter City, 11:30am, lasts one hour: Learn how architects use math, shapes, and patterns when designing and building. Try out your new skill with Magformers when you put shapes together to form 2D patterns. Snap your patterns together and watch them transform into a 3D figure!

6-8  Dive In!, 1pm, lasts one hour: Explore what it would be like to work for a bungee jumping company, and learn about the math involved in creating this type of thrill ride. Can you design a bungee that will give Ken & Barbie a thrilling but safe bungee jump experience?

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