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JULY 2011
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
JULY 2011
Two New Exhibitions to Enjoy!
Geometry and IdentityVisit the Fleet this summer to enjoy two new hands-on exhibitions! Kids can't get enough of the giant "Climb the Stars" 8-foot climber in "Geometry Playground." Visitors of all ages are using their hands, bodies and minds to explore geometry in new, fun and exciting ways. "Identity" is now open - challenge what you think you know about your own personal sense of self, you'll be surprised by what you might discover! More>>

NASA Scientist to Lecture on Hubble Telescope
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Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory presents the most important discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope at 6:45 p.m. in the Community Forum. After the discussion, see the IMAX® HUBBLE film in the Heikoff Dome Theater. Then, enjoy stargazing outside on the Prado following the film. Stargazing and this event are sponsored by Oceanside Photo and Telescope as part of the Southern California Astronomy Exposition. Tickets are $10 per person, all ages. More>>

New Saturday Session of "Young Scientists" 

Young Scientists By popular demand, we've added a new Saturday session to the "Young Scientists" program. Preschoolers age 3 to 5 and their parent, or guardian, are invited to take part in 4-weeks of exhilarating science exploration. During the next session of the program, you can explore "Ocean Ecosystems." Investigate the ocean, coral reefs, tide pools and even spend a day at the beach! More>>

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday
4-week sessions begin July 20 - 23.

Family Science Saturdays in July: "OMGeometry"   

OMGeometry Every Saturday in July, take the "Geometry Playground" exhibit experience to new heights with hands-on activities that will lead you to discover new ways math impacts your life every day.  More>>

ScholarShare College Savings Plan is a proud sponsor of Family Science Saturdays at the Fleet.

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Saturdays in July from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Save the Date! Meet Sean Casey & Climb Inside the TIV
Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 20, 2011! TORNADO ALLEY IMAX filmmaker and storm-chaser Sean Casey and the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) will be making a special appearance in San Diego at the Fleet Science Center. Additional details to follow - save the date!

Now Showing in IMAX 

three Imax films Stop by the Fleet in July to check-in with Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas caring for wild orangutans in Borneo, and Dame Daphne Sheldrick and the baby elephants she rehabilitates in Africa in BORN TO BE WILD. See if you can keep up with storm-chaser Sean Casey in TORNADO ALLEY, or take a space-walk with astronauts in HUBBLE. Don't forget that every Friday night, we offer discounted IMAX films from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The first film is $9.50. You can add on up to 2 additional films for $6 each! More>>

Extended Summer Hours 

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
July 1, 2011 through Labor Day, Summer hours are as follows:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Free Admission to 250 Science Centers Around the World!
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Planning your summer vacation? Trying to save more? Remember that your Fleet Science Center membership card is valid for free exhibit gallery admission at over 250 science centers around the world.

To take advantage of this benefit:
  1. Locate a science center where you will be traveling
  2. Call at least 48 hours in advance
  3. Some restrictions  may apply

Free admission at other science centers is one more reason that Fleet membership is a great value all year long! Not a member yet? Click here or call the Membership Office at (619) 238-1233, ext. 713.


*Membership Reminder: Always arrive 20 minutes before a film starts to exchange your member IMAX Voucher at the Ticket Counter before you line up at the Theater.   

Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration

Plaza de PanamaI am taking this opportunity as President of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP) and as Executive Director of the Fleet Science Center to let you know that an important measure will be put before the City Council in July. You may have heard or read about the proposal by Dr. Irwin Jacobs and the Plaza de Panama Committee to transform the Plaza de Panama into a marvelous pedestrian-only space. You may not be aware that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Committee and the City will be put before the City Council this July. The MOU does not approve the project, it would only authorize the City to support the Committee's efforts to submit an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) soon enough so that should the EIR be approved by the City Council, the work on the approved version of the project could be completed in time for the 2015 Centennial Celebration to be held in Balboa Park.
This MOU is available to anyone for review and to make things easier we are including a link to read the MOU below. The text of which closes with the following:
"The City, therefore, reserves the right to impose feasible mitigation measures and alternatives, including but not limited to the alternative of not proceeding with the Proposed Project."

Read the MOU here.

So July's vote is not for the project but for the much needed work on the EIR which will consider various alternatives to the proposed project.  Even the simplistic suggestions to just block off all traffic through the Plazas need to be evaluated. Such an action will have enormous implications for the facilities that border the Plazas and must meet the same environmental standards that the proposed project is required to do.  Please read the terms of the MOU and let your council representative know how you would like them to vote on this issue. It is a great opportunity for San Diego because we will gain valuable information at little or no expense to the City.
Jeffrey W. Kirsch

This Month's Experiment: Bernoulli

Watch the Fleet's July edition of This Month's Experiment to see objects levitate through the air. Your parents will love when you use the Bernoulli principle to make toilet paper fly! DO try this at home!


The Fleet is #1 with Families!
Best of Poll
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has been awarded San Diego Family Magazine's 2011 reader poll award for Favorite Museum. Thank you San Diego!


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July Events
4Senior Monday Pricing
5Free Tuesday
6The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show
6Exploring Ethics Lecture
9Saturday Science Club for Girls: "Tinkering with PicoCrickets"
NASA Hubble Lecture
IMAX Films
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Fridays at the Fleet
See "classic" and current IMAX films at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. every Friday night! Only $9.50 for one film and $6 for each additional film.
Enter to Win
Congratulations to Mary Jo Cigan, winner of a family 2-pack of tickets to visit the Mingei International Museum.

This month, it could be YOUR turn to win! Enter to win a family 4-pack to visit our new "Identity" and "Geometry Playground" exhibitions!

Geometry and Identity contest 

To enter, please complete this form by July 15, 2011.
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