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Shoot for the Stars and more at Hill Country Science Mill camps

The Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City is offering four summer science camps June-August. Courtesy photo

JOHNSON CITY — While summer is still a month away for area students, if you’re looking to get your child enrolled in one of the most popular and in-demand camps, you had better move quickly because the Hill Country Science Mill summer camps fill up fast.

The Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, has lined up four camps this summer for grades 4-9. Last year, the hands-on science museum held its first summer camps and garnered awards and rave reviews from attendees.

Of course, the camp themes fall in line with the Science Mill’s mission of promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies. The organizers make it fun and exciting for the students, just like they do for regular museum trips.

The Science Mill has a variety of camps available for this summer all geared toward helping kids explore how science works through interactive learning.

These are all weeklong programs that run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. And for kids living in the Burnet and Marble Falls area, the Hill Country Science Mill is offering free transportation to and from the summer camps each day. Kids in the Blanco area can also take advantage of free transportation to and from the camps during the weeks of June 6, July 11 and July 18.

Tuition includes lunch and snacks, a camp shirt and hands-on activities each day.

There are four camps being offered this summer:

• Shoot for the Stars! (July 18-22 for grades 4-5) where kids will explore the world of rocketry. They will “discover the tricks of rocketry that increase speed and distance through fun individual and team activities and competitions.” During the camp the youth will design speedy balloon racers, engineer water rockets and more.

• STEM X-Plorers (June 20-24 and July 25-29 for grades 4-5) where kids can explore the world of programming tiny robots, experimenting with 3D printing, launching rockets and more. During this camp, youth will use cutting-edge new technologies while also creating “crazy chemical reactions and design stellar structures.”

• STEM Sleuths (July 11-15 for grades 6-8) where kids check out new worlds while solving a murder mystery. They’ll also create 3D-printed prototypes and design rockets. By using some of the latest technology, the campers will “unleash” their inner detective through interactive projects and activities.

• Titans of Tech (June 27-July 1 and Aug. 8-12 for grades 7-9) where kids will use programming, robots and engineering to create amazing inventions. The campers will play with Arduino micro-controllers, 3D printers and some of the latest technology to explore and unlock their creativity.

Tuition is $300 per week, but there are scholarships for qualifying campers, so check with the Hill Country Science Mill. There’s also pre- and post-camp care available.

Go to for more information or to register. Call the Science Mill at (844) 263-6405 to learn more.

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