Hill Country Science Mill Field Trip


June 15, 2015

8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. (includes travel time to Johnson City)

Chartered buses will leave from:

  • The Renaissance Austin Hotel
  • 9721 Arboretum Boulevard
  • Austin, Texas 78759



Hill Country Science Mill LogoThe Hill Country Science Mill is housed in a historic 1880s steam gristmill.  This Hill Country landmark has been remodeled into a state of the art, regional science center focused on inspiring and engaging students in central Texas in STEM fields and guide them to pursue post-secondary education and careers in these new interests. By preserving the building’s heritage and having worked diligently to retain the historical relevance of the original mill, the Hill Country Science Mill team has built a beautiful new home for science, discovery and curiosity.  Our founders, both life- long scientists, saw this historic property as an opportunity to bring a love for science to the rural area of the Texas Hill Country and provide a center for scientific inquiry and engagement to serve the over 4 million people in the extended area.

Physical address:  101 S. Ladybird Lane Johnson City, Texas 78636


Eligible Attendees

All TRC participants involved in the Mathematics and Science Regional Collaboratives. (Release form required for travel. See Registration section below.)


Mill Vision and Programs

Science Mill and Kinetic sculptureThe vision of the Mill is to create a safe and permissive place that ignites the curiosity, ambition, innovation and problem-solving potential of the next generation.  By allowing youth to explore and question, engage with hands-on, minds-on exhibits, students will envision themselves as future scientists, engineers and technologists while learning about careers in STEM that they might never have considered.  At the Hill Country Science Mill we want to do our part to engage and drive your students to become part of a STEM-educated workforce.  The juxtaposition of technology of the 1880s to our modern, tech savvy exhibits, creates an environment where students can learn about the progress of innovation and see the relevance of the applications of science and math to their lives and futures.  Ultimately, students will come away with the feeling that “science is cool,” and I can be a scientist.   We are here to support teachers by expanding their student’s experiences and sparking their curiosity with exciting, interactive, exhibits, programs and an online learning experience.  A student customized 3D avatar will serve as a tour guide and learning buddy during the tour of the museum.  These virtual career specialists will be “live” at the exhibit kiosks and provide the students with information on STEM career possibilities.  To continue the learning experience beyond the walls of the Science Mill, we have designed an online learning portal.  The Explorer Zone will allow students, and teachers, to learn about the science behind the exhibits, explore videos, games and other web resources related to STEM careers and investigate degree programs for college and technical schools.  This unique, online platform is designed to provide students with focused online content relating to concepts and career clusters in science, engineering and technology, allowing them to take ownership of their education and their



The staff at the Science Mill is very excited to be hosting a museum exploration for the Texas Regional Collaboratives annual meeting.  During your visit they will take you behind the scenes into our Zebrafish Breeding Program where you can learn about this important model organism for biomedical research and exactly how it can contribute to your classroom through hands-on activities.  The Zebra fish has become a very important model for biomedical research, as it was the first vertebrate animal whose entire genome was decoded.  They have been major contributors to our understanding of the genetics of brain function, cancer and cardiovascular disease.  You will be able to learn about how these organisms can contribute to your classroom while examining their transparent embryos with our video-equipped microscopes and calculating the pulse of their beating hearts.  Their transparency allows you to see the developing eyes, brain, spinal cord, intestinal tract, moving fins and the heart.  We will incorporate mathematical principles pertaining to biological research while examining these helpful creatures.  You will have the opportunity to develop curricula from this program that you can take with you back to your classrooms.  There will be other opportunities for you to explore our museum, the exhibits and the maker stations.  They want to enrich your minds, and stimulate your senses by providing a buffet lunch catered by their Lady Bird Lane Café. The meal will have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options and be made with farm stand, organic produce to be complimented by a decadent dessert! They look forward to having you here for a truly extraordinary experience.



  • 10:00 am Arrival & Welcome
  • 10:15 am Tour of the facility
  • 11:00 am BioLab Zebrafish Program
  • 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch provided by Lady Bird Lane Café
    • Menu will include salad, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free organic meal options & a dessert
  • 1:30 pm Exploration of Exhibits
    • Technology enabled, science- focused exhibits connect learners with STEM careers through a 3D augmented reality avatar.
  • 3:00 pm Explore more!!
  • 3:30 pm Wrap up
  • 4:00 pm Depart Museum

Note: Schedule subject to change


Certificate of Participation

Certificates stating 6 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online evaluation. Participants should receive the certificate two to three weeks after the PDA. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.





  • Cost: $35 for each participant
    • Registration fees cover Museum entrance fee and lunch.
    • Transportation from The Renaissance Austin Hotel to Johnson City and back is being paid for by Shell.
  • Payments are due before this event.
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
  • All attendees must bring a completed and signed Release Form (Download) with them to the event or they will not be allowed on the bus.
  • Event limited to 80 participants


Registration Payment

  • Participants can pay by credit card or check. The registration confirmation email will contain all necessary information to provide to business offices for credit card payment records and check processing instructions.
  • Checks for registration need to be made out to “The University of Texas at Austin.” Please send to the attention of Jeff Early along with the printed registration confirmation email.


Registration Instructions

Click the registration button below to register your attendance. You will be asked your name, email, and collaborative. If you are not the project director, you will need to enter your project director’s email as well. If you have multiple people attending, please fill out this form for each person that will be attending. You may need to quit and restart your browser to enter multiple people. If you need technical help with the registration page, send an email to the: TRC Web Team.


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