Author: Jodie Gray | Category: Beyond The Bench | December 23, 2015
Graduate Student Association visited the Hill Country
in preparation for Science Fiesta
Science Mill is located in the historic town of Johnson City, the hometown of
President Lyndon Johnson.
The Science Mill is housed in a facility of equal
historic intrigue --their building dates back to 1880 and was converted to a
flour mill in 1901, and eventually evolved into a feed mill in the 1930’s.
Visitors can see the intact silos from the facility’s days as a feed mill.
After completing renovations to the property, the Science Mill opened its doors
in February of 2015.
The Science Mill is an interactive science center that
is geared towards sparking interest in science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) in students between the ages of 11-18.
Along with fostering fun
science exploration through their hands-on exhibits, part of the Science Mill’s
mission is to also introduce students to career paths they might not have
After an exciting day at the Science Mill, visitors can log
to learn more about the science behind their favorite exhibits and the
associated careers within those fields.
“One of our goals is to make the invisible visible,”
enthusiastically stated founder Dr. Bob Elde. Dr. Elde’s vision for making the invisible visible is implemented
through exciting exhibits such as the
which receives radio
waves from nearby cellphones and displays surges of activity through a stunning
Each exhibit is equipped with a touch screen to provide visitors
with a brief synopsis of the science behind each experiment and allow visitors
to “favorite” each exhibit for reference later.
In addition to being a family
friendly destination, the Science Mill is ideal for school field trips because
of its unique resources for continued learning well after the trip is over.
Science Mill aims to participate in
on March 5, 2016 by hosting an interactive science area as part of
the many festivities taking place in downtown San Antonio at La Villita.
Interactive science activities will be geared towards middle to high school
aged visitors at Science Fiesta, but explorers of all ages are welcome!
Science Fiesta activities will include a presentation and book signing by
(author of The Sports Gene), science research posters geared towards the
community audience, a panel discussion on science policy, and science-themed
Science Fiesta is also hosting the
the week leading up to
Science Fiesta to break the record for the world’s largest periodic table.
goal of Science Fiesta is to make San Antonio a science aware community and
expose non-science community members to the unparalleled resources and
facilities San Antonio is home to.
Inquires about Science Fiesta may be
This article was written by Jodie Gray, student ambassador for the Graduate Student Association.
The "Beyond The Bench" series features articles written by students and postdoctoral fellows at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
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