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Science Mill’s Science of Sports on April 14 Tests the Athlete Inside of You

Choosing the correct lever earns you points on tug-of-war at during Science of Sports from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City. Courtesy photo

JOHNSON CITY — It’s awe-inspiring watching athletes make impossible catches, set new records in speed, and jump to gravity-defying heights.

Behind these incredible feats is science.

Learn how during Science of Sports from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane.

Visitors can test their balance, measure reflexes, improve focus, and more on eight specially designed hands-on exhibits at the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math facility.

The event is free, but admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $8.50 for ages 3-18, $8 for seniors and military members, and free for ages 2 and younger.

“Most aren’t normal exhibits,” said Science Mill Director of Operations Holly Barton about the Science of Sports stations. “These test different attributes of sports power.”

Participants earn points at every station. The person with the most points wins a year-long Science Mill membership for the family.

Exhibits include:

• a timed obstacle course that tests balance as kids shimmy and shake their way across 25 feet of slack line, hop-skip-jump on balance pods, and scale giant foam blocks;

• a punching bag that measures velocity and intensity while children unleash their inner Rocky Balboas;

• a stationary bike that measures RPMs as racers see how they stack up against nature’s fastest animals (are you a tortoise or a cheetah?);

• an exhibit that measures accuracy as kids attempt World Cup penalty soccer kicks;

• two interactive games that time reflexes and reactions;

• an exhibit that measures vertical and horizontal jumps, similar to what NFL Combine athletes go through;

• a “mindball” exhibit that finds out how calm and collected you are as you test your focus against an opponent;

• and a game of tug-of-war to show your strength.

We want to bring some relevancy to science,” Barton said. “I think people can be smart and be great athletes. It happens all the time. If we can help (children) see science in a different way, and in a different light, that’s awesome.”

During the event, the Science Mill’s other exhibits will be available.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Go to or call (844) 263-6405 for more information.

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