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Homeschool Day- April 13th

In celebration of National Robotics Week, come explore the creative possibilities of technology and robotics at this month's Homeschool Day on Wednesday, April 13 from 10am-4pm! We invite homeschool families and groups to join us on the second Wednesday of each month to explore the Science Mill. This month, we have:
  • Deconstructed, live-action Super Mario Bros video game
  • WaterColorBot painting station
  • Ozobot mazes and races
Come join the fun! More info…

2016 Summer Camps- Now Enrolling!

Students can explore, imagine and create amazing inventions and exciting new worlds at the Science Mill’s summer camps!  Registration is now open for our award-winning, week-long camps for kids entering grades 4-8. Free camps available for qualifying students and optional free bus transportation available from Blanco, Burnet and Marble Falls!

Find out more and register online here.

Exhibit of the Month: Mindball

Minball is a crowd favorite exhibit, allowing guests to visualize and understand their brain’s electrical activity! Slip on the bio-sensor headband, and watch as the small white ball travels across the table according to the brain waves of you and your opponent. The competitor who can best focus and relax will move the ball toward their opponent, while able to watch a real-time chart of each person’s brain electrical activity on the screen! Mindball is a great way for students to understand how the nervous system works, and visualize the amazing electrical activity happening in their brain.

Find out more about our exhibit of the month and see alignments to science and technology TEKS at

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Over the past decade or so, there have been articles, books and curriculum written regarding the academic and health benefits of gardening and cooking programs in schools. With its growing popularity due to the benefits of and overall performance improvements in students and schools which fostered these types of programs, there has been an in-kind response of organizations and grants available to help teachers and schools develop gardens and academic curricula for developing more programs nationwide. 
While there is a great deal of information about the benefits of school gardening programs, there seem to be some common themes: a positive attitude shift to better nutrition and recognizing healthier habits to battle childhood obesity, increased interest in the environment and natural world, effective hands-on engagement in academic activities, as well as, teachers and students alike being more happy with their school experience.
The links below are just a small snippet of resources available to teachers and districts for both funding and curricula to get your students growing.
Read about a school in Texas with a successful gardening program
Seeds of Change grant program
Whole Kids Foundation grant program
5 Steps to a REAL School Garden
Edible Schoolyard Project Lesson Plans

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