Explore the Outdoors in Science Outside Club
“Life’s better outside.”
This is the basis of the Science Mill’s new group for kids: the Science Outside Club.
The Johnson City science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) museum partnered with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to design the club for youths in grades 4-7 who live in Blanco and Burnet counties.
“We want them to experience that life’s better outside,” said Amber Middlebrook, manager of Outreach and Community Relations at the Science Mill. “This is (children) actually getting real-life experience. You might be able to watch videos and learn online, but it doesn’t give you real-life experiences. (The club) allows them to see what you do when you work outside.”
The Science Mill is hosting three registration events in Marble Falls, Burnet, and Johnson City: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Johnson Park Amphitheater, 230 Avenue J in Marble Falls; 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Hamilton Creek on West Jackson Street in Burnet; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City.
All events will include science-based activities as well as snacks.
The club is free to join, but membership is limited to 60 students. Transportation to club events is free to members as is a technology tool kit to be used throughout the program.
“We want to help them develop a love of the outdoors and expose them to a multitude of different careers,” Middlebrook said. “What STEM careers do you get to do outside?”
Among the things students will be doing are learning how to use GPS and handheld navigators, typography and maps, microscopes, and other science gadgets. They’ll examine water quality and learn about conservation as well as fossils.
Middlebrook said the club will meet four times in the spring then host a one-week summer camp, STEM Career Immersion (SCI), on June 24-28 and July 8-12. Campers will stay overnight at Bamberger Ranch for bat and night sky programs.
Members will also take field trips to Blanco, Pedernales Falls, and Inks Lake state parks.
“We have amazing resources in the Hill Country, and you can see all the possibilities,” Middlebrook said.
Contact Middlebrook at firstname.lastname@example.org or (844) 263-6405 ext. 1003 for more information about the Science Outside Club.
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