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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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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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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Meet F-16 Weapons School Instructor Keegan Dale
Dec
26
11:00 AM11:00

Meet F-16 Weapons School Instructor Keegan Dale

The Science Mill welcomes Hill Country native and friend of the Mill, Major Keegan S. Dale, as our special guest during Up, Up and Away: The Physics of Flight!

Major Dale is an F-16 instructor in the 16th Weapons Squadron, U.S. Air Force Weapons School. The U.S. Air Force Weapons School trains tactical experts and leaders to control and exploit air, space and cyber on behalf of the joint force. Major Dale graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 2004 and entered the Air Force in May 2008 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Join us at 11am or 1pm on Wednesday, December 26, to hear about Major Dale’s life as a F16 Flight Instructor. He’ll focus on the science of flight, specifically how lift relates to the G forces flying fighters sustain. Learn how pilots counteract those forces on their bodies.

Don’t miss this great opportunity! Major Dale’s talk (about 25 minutes) is free with admission, but space is very limited. Sign up on the form below to save your spot. Please arrive at the Science Mill Theater 10 minutes before the talk. Unclaimed spots will be made available on a first come first serve basis at 10:50am and 12:50pm.

RSVP to save your spot here!

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Up, Up and Away! - Physics of Flight
Dec
26
to Dec 28

Up, Up and Away! - Physics of Flight

Take flight without ever leaving the ground! No need to fight the holiday crowds at the airport, just come to the Science Mill for Up, Up, and Away, three days dedicated to the physics of flight.

Explore the principles of lift, drag, weight and thrust with hands-on activities for the whole family, including paper airplanes, egg drop, wind tunnel, and paper plate disc golf. Special activities are from 11am-2:30pm, but the Science Mill is open 10am-5pm all three days.

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December Homeschool Day - Be an Inventor
Dec
12
10:00 AM10:00

December Homeschool Day - Be an Inventor

Join us in December to turn all kinds of junk into all kinds of fun! We’ll focus on careers that allow you to make something out of nothing. Let your imagination run the show this month!

Career Expert: Information coming soon! Watch this space for details.

Hands-on Activities

Stations run continuously from 11am-2pm

Marble Maze

Design and create a one-of-a-kind marble run! You choose the twists and turns that will take your marble from start to finish.

Instruments

We’ll use everyday materials to create musical instruments! Do you have materials that you think could make a great musical sound or would be a good instrument starter? Bring them along and the Science Mill staff will help you build your sound machine. (We’ll have materials on hand, too!) Some ideas for materials that could become sound makers: straws, rubber bands, paper plates, yarn, jingle bells, beads, plastic cups, balloons, bobby pins, recyclables and MORE!

Invent a Creature

Use your imagination and our materials to invent and build a creature! Science Mill staff will help you make your creation move and produce sounds.  

Learning Labs

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 Crazy Contraptions, 10:30, lasts 45 minutes: Use building materials to create a contraption that will move objects, like toy cars, marbles, and ping pong balls, from the top of a board to the bottom!   

3-5 Conductive Creatures, 11:30am, lasts one hour: Create a little buddy using conductive and insulative dough and LEDs. Complete a circuit and watch part of your new friend light up!

6-8  Makey-Makey, 1pm, lasts one hour: Design and create an interactive soundboard using a Makey Makey.  Then ramp up your creativity to turn your soundboard into a modern noise-making toy using different conductive materials!


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Museum Store Sunday at the Science Mill
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Museum Store Sunday at the Science Mill

The Science Mill and The Austin Museum Store Collective are excited to be part of the second annual Museum Store Sunday on Sunday, November 25, a one-day event offering special sales, discounts and giveaways.  Shoppers will receive 25% off purchases of $40 or more in the Science Mill’s Science Store, which offers the largest selection of science toys and games in the Hill Country.

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Lights Spectacular - LED Craft Corner
Nov
23
to Nov 24

Lights Spectacular - LED Craft Corner

Light Up Your Holidays!

Bring the whole family to the Science Mill over Thanksgiving weekend for the best and brightest holiday fun! We’ll be open late Friday and Saturday, so you can walk off that extra piece of pie while you explore our high-tech, high-touch museum. Spend the day checking out our 50+ interactive exhibits, a 3D movie, and several great holiday shopping opportunities:

We'll have a special LED Craft Corner on Friday and Saturday! Be the brightest gift-giver around when you design an LED card or gift for your teachers, parents or friends! Cost: $5 per participant (to cover the costs of batteries, LED lights and all materials needed to create 2 lighted items)

Make a big dent in your shopping list on Sunday, November 25, when all Science Store purchases of $40 or more will be 25% off! The Science Mill’s museum shop has the largest selection of science-related toys and gifts in the Hill Country!

Give the gift of Science Mill membership! Your friends and family will love their Year of Discovery!

Dates and Times:

Friday, November 23, 10am-6pm - LED Craft Corner 

Saturday, November 24, 10am-6pm - LED Craft Corner 

Sunday, November 25, noon-4pm - 25% off purchases of $40 or more in the Science Store (part of Museum Store Sunday)

It’s time for Lights Spectacular in Johnson City, too! Keep the fun going after you leave the Mill, and experience the 29th year of this twinkly Hill Country tradition, now with half a million more lights surrounding the Johnson City square! https://www.johnsoncitytexas.info/lights-spectacular.html

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Come Grow with Us: Science Mill Benefit
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Come Grow with Us: Science Mill Benefit

Celebrate the intersection of art and science at the Science Mill’s annual benefit and experience the exclusive unveiling of the Science Mill’s newest exhibit, a 1,000-square-foot Aquaponics Greenhouse. Enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres while exploring the 1,000-square-foot greenhouse as well as the museum’s 50+ interactive exhibits  Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase nature-themed fine artwork from emerging and renowned artists. Ticket and sponsorship sales directly benefit the nonprofit’s mission to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. 

To learn more, or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, click here

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November Homeschool Day - Be a Technologist
Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

November Homeschool Day - Be a Technologist

Technology Trends: Transporting Us to the Future

November’s Homeschool Day will focus on careers in technology! We’ll explore augmented reality, create 3D drawings, and have coding-focused Learning Labs.

Guest Speaker

Suzanne A. Pierce, PhD, Founder and Lead Scientist, Pixel Profundo

Suzanne A. Pierce, PhD, studies integrated watershed systems and designs technologies to help people interact with earth and environmental information. As a founder and lead scientist for the educational technology company, Pixel Profundo, Dr. Pierce and her partners are creating augmented and immersive reality applications based on the local species that make Central Texas unique. Her work has received awards at  local and international levels for innovation and engagement. Most recently, she launched Creek Quest AR, a new Science Augmented! card game.

About Pixel Profundo

Pixel Profundo is focused on the creation of technologies and products that educate and inform, such as interactive gaming, augmented reality, artificial intelligence applications, decision support systems, and 3D tangibles based on scientific themes critical to sustainable futures, conflict resolution and understanding how natural systems work.


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

Color With Quiver

Bring coloring pages to life with an augmented reality app!

Take Your Drawings to a New Dimension

It’s like holding a 3D printer in your hand when you doodle with this amazing pen!

The Creek Quest by Science Augmented!™

 Creek Quest gives you a link to an Augmented Reality game where you can test your knowledge and see the critters up close and personal.

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 Botley Coding, 10:30am, lasts 45 minutes

Learn basic principles of coding through a series of challenges with your Botley Robot!

3-5 mBots, 11:30am, lasts 60 minutes

Use logical and critical thinking to create a program that directs your mBot through an obstacle course!   

6-8 MicroPet, 1pm, lasts 60 minutes

Create your own pet! Code your MicroBit to light up with different shapes and faces, and to play music in response to different actions.

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Kooky Spooky Chemistry Day
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Kooky Spooky Chemistry Day

We promise it won't be that spooky, but we can guarantee plenty of kooky chemistry fun to kick off Halloween week!

Join us for pyrotechnic gourds and frightening foam pumpkins. We’ll have ghosts and their ectoplasm, too! Come to the Science Mill for Halloween-themed demonstrations and hands-on activities, and stay for a special, one day only showing of Flying Monsters 3D.

We want to see your Halloween costumes! We’re giving away FREE Halloween excavation kits to all kids wearing a costume. (Parents, no costume-related giveaways for you, but it would make our day if you dressed up, too!)

Chemistry Day activities run from 11am-2pm, but stay and play all day! The Science Mill is open from 10am-4pm on Saturdays, and you can explore over 50 hands-on exhibits and activities.

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Closed October 20th
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Closed October 20th

The Science Mill will be closed all day Saturday, October 20 for a private event. Interested in hosting your holiday party, family reunion, wedding, or other special event here at the Science Mill? The exclusive enjoyment of our interactive, technology-based exhibits can be part of your memorable experience. More info…

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Astronomy Day
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Astronomy Day

Our daytime hours make it hard to see the night sky and space when you visit the Science Mill, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see some super cool space-related items!

On Saturday, October 13 we are celebrating Astronomy Day by hosting a collection of artifacts from the Space Station Museum in Novato, California.

Come see a full Russian space suit, pieces of space stations, and more! During your day of exploration at the Science Mill, be sure to stop by our theater for a special, one day only showing of Space Junk 3D, too.

The Astronomy Day exhibit is included with admission. All artifacts will be on display in the lobby.

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Girl Scout Badge Day
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Girl Scout Badge Day

Calling all Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes! Join us for this special day, brought to you by Girl Scouts of Central Texas and the Science Mill! We’ll have some STEM-tastic workshops, and you can earn badges alongside your troop or family. Meet Girl Scouts from all over Central and South Texas, too!

All Girl Scouts, from Daisies through Cadettes, are invited to join us for self-guided workshops where they will earn the following badges:

Daisies: Model Car Design Badge
Brownies: Brownie Bug Badge
Juniors: Junior Animal Habitats Badge
Cadettes: Art in Nature Badge

The self-guided badge workshops, along with the Science Mill’s 50+ exhibits and activities (plus a 3D movie!), are included with museum admission and open to all Girl Scouts. The self-guided workshops are available on Saturday, September 29 during regular business hours. Wear your Girl Scout uniform on the 29th and pay only $7 for admission!

But wait… there’s more! For an additional fee, participating Girl Scouts can earn the Programming Robots badge at special workshops! These workshops are limited to 30 Girl Scouts per class, and are first come, first served. You will be able to sign up for a workshop upon arrival.

Workshop fees and times:

Daisies (K-1) - Coding with Color!
Spend some time with our gang of Ozobots, and earn your Programming Robots badge.
10:30-11:15 a.m., $4

Brownies (2-3) - Coding with Color!
Spend some time with our gang of Ozobots, and earn your Programming Robots badge.
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., $4

Juniors (4-5) - Oh My Ozobots!
Take programming to the next level, and earn your Programming Robots badge.
12:45-1:30 p.m., $4

Cadettes (6-8) - We’re Mad for mBots!
See what you can create with mBots, and earn your Programming Robots badge.
2-3:30 p.m., $6.

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September Homeschool Day: Concoctions of Chemical Conundrums
Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

September Homeschool Day: Concoctions of Chemical Conundrums

This month we focus on careers in chemistry. Come mix it up with us and get some STEM-azing reactions! Guest speaker to be announce soon!

Hands-On Activities

Solid or Liquid? 11am-2pm

Experiment with oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid, and see what happens when the oobleck is exposed to sound waves. Hint: that innocent box of cornstarch in your pantry may contain monsters!

Chemical Concoctions- 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm (Show lasts 30 minutes)

Catch the Rainbow Chemistry Game Show! See a colorful reaction demonstration followed by a test of your acids and bases knowledge. Once you’ve conquered the game show, use your knowledge to make some Foam Gnomes.

Learning Labs

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: Ziploc Omelet- Explore protein reactions when you whip up a tasty concoction! 45 minutes

3-5: Bouncing Bonds- Design your own bouncy ball! 60 minutes

6-8: Blast Off!- Experiment with chemical reactions and create working engines! 60 minutes

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The Surprising Story of Sea Stars' Sticky Feet with Tumble Science Podcast for Kids
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

The Surprising Story of Sea Stars' Sticky Feet with Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

Often referred to as “Radiolab for kids,” Tumble is a pioneering science podcast that explores stories of science discovery. Co-hosts Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla will be presenting “The Surprising Story of Sea Stars’ Sticky Feet.” The story was inspired by a question from a listener: “How do sea stars grip onto rocks?” The answer leads to a discovery that turned 200 years of accepted science on its head. With help from a leading sea star scientist, interactive games, and original music, Lindsay and Marshall tell a story of how simple questions and experiments can challenge what we think we know to be true. There will also be a special opportunity to record a question for the podcast, after the show. 

Seating is limited. We recommend signing up in advance here to reserve your seat.

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Dr. Kold
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Dr. Kold

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 presentations are at 11am and 1pm, 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 arriving early!

Note: Due to the Dr. Kold event, we’re adjusting our 3D movie schedule for the day. On Saturday, August 4, Meerkats 3D is showing at noon, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm and 4pm.

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Shark Week
Jul
25
to Jul 29

Shark Week

This is a Science Mill adventure you can sink your teeth into! Encounter the predator we all love to fear when you search for shark teeth in the Fossil Dig. Separate fact from fiction with our Shark Week factoids. Watch giant megalodon shark teeth print on our 3D printer, and see if you can figure out where the name “megalodon” comes from.

Join us on Friday, July 27 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for a special presentation by Dr. Jessica Dutton, Texas State University professor and shark researcher!

Be sure to catch a special showing of Great White Shark 3D, too! Discover the truth behind this powerful underwater creature and why great white sharks are misunderstood. The film will play at select times throughout Shark Week, and Meerkats 3D will continue to run in between showings of Great White Shark 3D.

All Shark Week activities are free with admission.

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

Open July 4th

Spend the 4th of July in Johnson City!

Start your day with the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Fourth 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!

  • We have new - and back-by-popular-demand - activities on the floor every day this summer. Make our robot marionette dance, test your physics mettle and knock a few pigs off the mountain, or channel your inner Mario in our live action Mario game!

  • See our African Spurred Tortoises eat lunch at 2:15pm, and hear a talk from our staff biologist. 

There’s so much to do at the Science Mill this summer, and we can’t wait to spend the 4th with you!

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Get on the Right Side (of Your Brain)!
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

Get on the Right Side (of Your Brain)!

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 programs@sciencemill.org to reserve your spot. See more art events in June.

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Cyanotype Making
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Cyanotype Making

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.

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