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JULY  2013
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
A Farewell From Executive Director Jeffrey Kirsch
Dr. K and staff
Dr. Jeffrey Kirsch surrounded by some of the 20+ year staffers at the Fleet Big Bang Gala in May.  Photo: JO Nagtalon
When I came to the Fleet on New Year's Day in 1983, the idea of working on IMAX® films for Giant Screens was very exciting for me. But after spending time in the Science Center, I was thrilled to see how hands-on science impacted our visitors, particularly the children. I knew that if we combined the Space Theater and Science Center experiences with educational programs for schools, the Fleet could become a major factor in the improvement of science education for San Diego.
It took me a little longer to learn something else: Every aspect of the Fleet has to be part of the experience we provide for our visitors. The friendly institutional culture we stress at the Fleet is as important as our technologies and our attractions. It motivates the staff, the board, our members and donors and our volunteers. In other words, I have learned it is the WE that can be more successful than the ME.
It has been a fantastic 30 years. And I am delighted that Steve Snyder will be the Fleet's new Executive Director. He's ready to lead a terrific team of dedicated people at the Fleet to new heights, and I am looking forward to helping him as an emeritus for as long I can!


Welcome New Executive Director Steve Snyder
Dr. Snyder welcome
On behalf of everyone at the Fleet, I'd like to thank Jeffrey Kirsch for his 30+ years at the helm and all he has accomplished. I realize I have some very big shoes to fill. My family and I are joining the Fleet from Philadelphia, where I served at The Franklin Institute overseeing exhibits, educational programming and theaters. We're looking forward to trading in our cheesesteaks for fish tacos and snow for sunshine. More importantly, I am very excited for the opportunity to work with all of you, along with the staff, the board and our supporters, to expand the impact of the Fleet on our community.

Steve Snyder takes on his new role July 1. 


Celebrate The Summer of YOU!
The Summer of You
At the Fleet this summer, it's all about YOU! YOU can watch your favorite films in the Fan Favorite Film Festival, YOU can build a skyscraper in Block Busters!--and knock it down, YOU can imagine and create in the Tinkering Studio and YOU can make a flying object and launch it in our upcoming exhibition, On the Fly: Technology Takes Off. More>>


SciTech Sums Up After-School Science for Girls
Super Asteroids

SciTech, the Fleet's after-school science program for girls, has ended for the school year. This year, students landed probes on meteorites, extracted DNA from wheat germ, learned about the rock cycle, made perfume and experimented with UV beads. October is coming up fast, and we can't wait for another exciting year of learning fun! More>> 


Generous funding providing by Time Warner Cable, Connect a Million Minds.



Donate Today--Provide A Life-Changing Science Adventure for Local Students
School Scholarships

With dwindling science resources in local schools, the Fleet steps in to host field trips and provide educational outreach programs for tens of thousands of students annually. Through the Fleet School Scholarship Program, we inspire students to take their place among the next generation of engineers, doctors and scientists and empower the next generation of innovative thinkers and leaders. Donate here. 


Your Generous Support Is Greatly Appreciated!


The Winners: The Fleet's 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival Starts July 5

In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, we're bringing back the nine best IMAX films of all time--chosen by YOU in a public vote conducted in May and June--for a Fan Favorite Film Festival. Each week, a top pick will play twice a day. Don't miss this rare chance to see these fantastic films. More>> 


July 5 through September 5


Membership Brings Free Admission to 250 Science Centers!
ASTC museums

Planning your summer vacation? Your Fleet membership card is valid for free exhibit gallery admission to science centers around the world. For details, click here.


One more reason that membership is the best way to enjoy all of the Fleet! Not yet a member? Find out how to join!


Join Us July 13th for an Aerospace Challenge 
Paper Airplane
Have you ever wondered how airplanes fly or how rockets soar through the atmosphere? Join Saturday Science Club for Girls, and learn about the science and technology behind flight! Become an aerospace engineer by designing, constructing and testing paper airplanes, gliders and Alka-Seltzer rockets. Register in advance.


Shooting for the Stars in July
Distribution of Water in Jupiter's Stratosphere
Photo © NASA: Distribution of Water in Jupiter's Stratosphere

JPL/NASA Solar Ambassador Jerry Hilburn lectures on Juno Mission to Jupiter for Senior Monday, then avoids Black Holes, 7/1. Sky-watchers find Space Geeks Dr. Lisa Will & Jason Hammond at the 9th Annual SoCal Astronomy Expo at Oceanside Photo & Telescope, 7/13. Take one small step for the First Landing on the Moon's 44th Anniversary, 7/20. See Hubble at IMAX en Español, 7/21. More>>




Space events occur all through the month of July


Quick Links
July Events
Senior Monday
Summer Camps Continue
FREE First Tuesday
The Sky Tonight
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fan Favorite Film Festival
Family Science Saturdays
Saturday Science Club for Girls
9th Annual Southern California Astronomy Expo (SCAE)
Family Science Saturdays
44th Anniversary of First Moon Landing
Family Science Saturdays
IMAX en Español
Family Science Saturdays
Now Playing
Rocky Mountain Express
Cosmic Collision
Flight of the Butterflies
To The Arctic
Wild California
Enter to Win

Congratulations to Laurie Messick, winner of 2 tickets to the San Diego County Fair.


 This month, it could be YOUR turn to win! Enter to win 4 tickets to the film of your choice in the Fleet's Fan Favorite Film Festival.   


Fleet's 40th Anniversary Fan Film Festival


To enter, please complete this form by July 5, 2013.  


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