Shark Week!
Jul
29
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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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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