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Build rockets, solve crimes and more at Hill Country Science Mill summer camps


JOHNSON CITY — The world of science awaits this summer during the many Hill Country Science Mill summer camps. And, if you haven’t figured it out yet, they feature science.

The Hill Country Science Mill, 101 South Lady Bird Lane, serves as a hotspot of scientific inquiry. With hands-on learning centers, the Science Mill gives youth a chance to explore the sciences throughout the year.

But this summer, the staff have lined up several top-notch camps.

If you have a taste for mysteries and can handle a little crisis management, you might want to check out the SCI Camps (SCI refers to science, technology, engineering and math career immersion). If you’re a creative force or want to find out if you are, maybe you should check this camp out. You’ll investigate how the brain works and so many other things.

In just one week, you’ll see what it’s like to be a forensic scientist, aerospace engineer, storm tracker, chief innovation officer (that sounds cool) and brain scientist.

The SCI Camp is for students entering sixth-eighth grades and is June 8-12, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 20-24, July 27-31 and Aug. 10-14. The cost is $300 a session.

Or maybe you wonder what it would be like to fly through the stars. You might have the desire to build a rocket, not just any one, but the fastest, sleekest, most aerodynamic one around. Then you should check out the Shoot for the Stars! camp.

During the camp, you’ll play with paper airplanes, work with balloon racers and put your foot into stomp rockets. You’ll even enjoy the movie “Space Junk 3D.”

And best of all, you’ll design, build, test and launch your own rocket. The week culminates with team and individual competitions. It’s offered in collaboration with SystemsGo.

Shoot for the Stars! is open to students entering fourth-eighth grades. The camps are June 15-19 (grades 6-8) and July 13-17 (grades 4-5). The cost is $300.

Maybe you’d like to examine some “mutant” worms and see what causes their “crazy” behavior. Or you’d like to solve a crime using DNA fingerprints. Then you need to check out the BioVenture camp. You’ll learn the secrets of DNA and unravel some of the greatest mysteries of biology. Along the way, you’ll make cheese using biotechnology tools and investigate oil-hungry bacteria to clean up a dangerous oil spill to save the ocean.

You’ll even be a genetic counselor as you use DNA evidence to diagnose patients. This camp is offered in collaboration with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

It’s open for students entering sixth-eighth grades. The camps are July 13-17 and Aug. 3-7. The cost is $300.

All the camps are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up times are available in one-hour increments for $25 per week. This fee must be paid in advance with registration.

For those in the Marble Falls and Burnet areas interested in attending, bus transportation is available. When registering, be sure to use the Burnet County form.

Full scholarships are available for the camps based on financial need. To apply for a scholarship, email the Hill Country Science Mill at

Registration closes May 29. Go to and click on the “Camps” or “Summer is for Science!” buttons. Contact the Science Mill at for more information.