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!
CRITTER BOTS – We already love Scratch (MIT’s free programming language) so naturally the boys loved that they could program the animales to move.
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!
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.
GIANT LEVER or TUG OF WAR! Need I say more?
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.