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Science Thursday

  • Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701 (map)

Austin Branch is supplying the volunteers for November & we want to show a great turn out – Join us! Email Linda Barlow at

NOVEMBER 15, 2018 10am to 1:30pm - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Here’s some background information for volunteers:

  • Arrive by 9:30am to get familiar with activities.

  • If possible, stay a little after 1:30 to help put things away.

  • Parking is free for Science Thursday volunteers in the garage below the museum.

  • If you have a Science Thursday t-shirt already, please wear it or bring it with you. If you don't have one, we’ll have one for you.

  • Snacks and water will be available. If you want something more substantial, the cafe on the second has food available for purchase.

  • Most students will be either 4th or 7th grade. There should be at least one adult with every 10 students. Number of students varies based on number of field trips planned for that day.

  • When Science Thursday concludes, you are welcome to visit the museum’s exhibits.


Will It Float? - Deals with buoyancy - did you know that some bowling balls float? There are 8, 12, and 16 pound bowling balls and plastic eggs weighted with metal washers.

Don’t sink the cargo ship! - Two differently shaped containers - a plastic dessert bowl and a plastic tray. Both have about the same volume and should, if properly loaded, hold between 30 and 35 washers.

Float your Boat - Students design and build a boat they can race in a pair of water filled gutters. This will take 10-15 minutes.

Rodeo Roundup - Experiment with the physics behind roping at the rodeo. In this program, students will interact with lassos, hondas, lariats, and ropes to gain an understanding of parabolic trajectory, centrifugal/centripetal forces, and how the inertia we create serves as a common factor to rodeo roping.

Art Has Layers - Students build art materials, layer upon layer, to create a beautiful masterpiece inspired by the exhibit Comanche Motion.

Earlier Event: November 13
ASCE General Meeting