Hill Country Science Mill

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17 Feb 2015

topographical sandbox at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

(map)┬áThis new museum geared to kids (and the kid in us all) just opened and is already a huge hit. Housed in a renovated 1880′s grist mill, the exhibits are sourced from all over the world to entice kids to explore the fascinating mysteries of science. Opening day, children of all ages were having a literal blast, as there are several areas where they can generate explosions.

hallway at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

build your own racecar at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

There are dozens of exhibits, as well as many “maker stations,” or places to create. Here, you can build your own racecar, and then race others along an electric track. There is also a 3D printing demo, a 3D movie theater, and a cafe.

racetrack at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

neon tetras at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

lever demo at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

Turns out, the principles of science can make for some pretty fun tug-of-war games! Below, the Fractalarium, modeled after romanesco broccoli, “a complex geometric shape that looks the same at every scale factor.” It’s installed in one of the old grain silos, as are several other exhibits, like the Cell Phone Disco.

fractalarium at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

game at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

The hope is that kids will find all this science so much fun, they’ll look further into the field. They do seem to be enjoying it! Below, playing with robots, inputting commands to a longhorn, armadillo and snake. Below that, peeking inside the human body. The museum’s motto is “Fall in love with science,” and with all these creative displays, it’s easy to do.

interactive robots at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

virtual autopsy at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

front yard at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

Hill Country Science Mill website

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