Our Five Favorite Exhibits at Hill Country Science Mill Museum

Hill Country Science Mill Center QueMeansWhat.com

Our day trip to Johnson City was well worth the drive to experience the new Hill Country Science Mill! You can find my full review of the new science center as part of a guest blog post on one of my favorite sites San Antonio Mom Blogs. We spent the day at the center and while we stayed busy and engaged, we definitely had our favorites. Here are our favorite five exhibits at Hill Country Science Mill.

CREATE AN EXPLOSION – Bang! That’s the power of Chemistry. In this explosive example of water electrolysis, you’ll experience firsthand the transformation of electrical energy into chemical energy. We tried this more than once because the first time, we didn’t make enough fuel and the explosion wasn’t as grand as we wanted. It’s fun and makes you jump each time!
Create an Explosion Exhibit at  Hill Country Science Mill Museum QueMeansWhat

CRITTER BOTS – We already love Scratch (MIT’s free programming language) so naturally the boys loved that they could program the animales to move.
Critter Bots Exhibit at  Hill Country Science  Mill Museum QueMeansWhat.com

DIG IN – This augmented reality sand box creates hours of fun for the kids. Meanwhile, they can learn about geology and topographic mapping as they create mountains and valleys. The coolest part is holding your hand over the sand to cast a shadow causing virtual rain to fall from a virtual cloud. Yep, it’s really that awesome!
Dig In Exhibit Hill Country Science Mill QueMeansWhat.com

FRACTALARIUM – Put mathematics and biology together and you get Romanesco Broccoli. This broccoli takes the form of a fractal – a complex geometrical shape that looks almost the same at every scale factor. (sciencemill.org) There is no photo that does this exhibit justice. You really have to see it in person to appreciate how incredible it is! We were mesmerized.
Fractalarium Exhibit at Hill Country Science Mill Museum QueMeansWhat.com

GIANT LEVER or TUG OF WAR! Need I say more?
Giant Lever Exhibit at Hill Country Science Mill Museum QueMeansWhat.com

There are over 35 exhibits at the Science Mill for the entire family to enjoy. Your family is sure to choose your own favorites. Check out my full Science Mill Review on San Antonio Mom Blogs.

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

3 Responses

  1. lisa says:

    I love taking kiddos to interactive museums & this one looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for posting.

  2. Melanie, thank you for sharing your review of the Hill Country Science Mill with San Antonio Mom Blogs’ readers. Your photos are great! Reading about your five favorite exhibits makes me more excited than ever to take my family there for a visit.

  3. Melanie, thank you for highlighting the Fractalrium! My Hubby, Hilal Hibri and I are the original designers, and fabricators of this completely one-of-a-kind, 14 foot in diameter art/math/science ceiling that features thousands of individually cast urethane fractals! They are all back lit with a highly sophisticated LED light system, too! There are over 5,000 individually addressable LEDs (each with their own micro-chip, that the computer can control). This project took us about a year to complete, and now we finally get to see everyone enjoying it — we are so happy! Thanks again!!
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