Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Your Guide to the Fleet
MAY  2014
NEW Exhibition! ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems

Your mind will play tricks on you when you experience the Fleet's mind-bending new exhibition, ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems. Featuring more than 20 intriguing exhibits, ILLUSION playfully combines techniques used by magicians and explored by neuroscientists to reveal how our perceptions are often quite different from what we actually observe. Prepare to have your senses distorted and your mind mystified by this innovative traveling exhibition, making its North American debut right here! More>> 



Opens Saturday, May 10


ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, pioneers of the Science Gallery Network. 


Locally sponsored by




Delve Into DNA

Have you ever wondered what color is DNA? Find out at the Fleet during DNA Day! The Salk Institute will be here delving into the fascinating world of genetic information, with an exciting DNA extraction activity. This activity is free with paid admission. Recommended for ages 7 and up. More>> 


Saturday, May 17, noon to 3 p.m.



Science on the Rocks

Let's talk about sex. The chemistry of it, that is, by exploring the laws of attraction, creating chemical reactions in a bag and finding answers to many other amorous questions surrounding the hot topic of "Love, Lust & Libido." This event is for adults 21+, and event tickets include complimentary food and drink samples. More>> 


Thursday, May 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.



Save the Ocean With Science
Researchers estimate that there is more than 200 million tons of trash in our oceans. Girls in fifth through eighth grades can help to solve this environmental problem by working in teams to design and construct a device that can collect trash and harmful debris from the ocean without hurting sea life. More>>

Saturday, May 10, noon to 2 p.m.


The Science of Beer 

What makes an IPA an IPA, and a lager a lager? Chris White, Ph.D., president and CEO of White Labs Inc., will discuss brewing microbiology, fermentation fundamentals, distilling and the importance of yeast in creating beer flavors at this free event at Callahan's Pub & Brewery in Mira Mesa. Registration is encouraged. More>> 


Monday, May 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.



Tinkering for Tykes 

Each month, preschoolers ages 3-5 (and a parent) learn about different areas of science through experimentation, investigation and scientific questioning. This month's theme, "Tinkering Lab," lets budding scientists build simple machines, investigate inventions, tinker in the wood shop and explore things that float and fly. More>> 


May 15 to June 8 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday),

9 to 10:30 a.m.



Give BIG!

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is one of more than 300 nonprofits participating in GiveBIG, a 24-hour, online networking and giving event. The event will be from midnight to 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, May 6. Learn more about how you can give.


May 6, midnight to 11:59 p.m.



It Pays to Be a Member
It's no trick: members always receive free exhibit gallery admission--for ILLUSION and all of our exhibitions! Just one more reason why Fleet membership is a great value all year long. Not yet a member? Join today.


Summer Camps at the Fleet 
School's (almost) out for summer: Keep the scientific fun and learning going all summer long at the Fleet! Summer camp registration is now open, and half-day and full-day camps begin in June. Spaces are filling up fast ... register today! More>>


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May Events

Family Science Saturday
Senior Monday
FREE First Tuesday
The Sky Tonight
Family Science Saturdays
Saturday Science Club for Girls
Suds & Science
Young Scientists Session 8 Begins
Science on the Rocks
Family Science Saturdays
IMAX en Espaņol
Family Science Saturdays
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Enter to Win


Congratulations to Joanie Hunt, last month's winner of two passes to SOHO.


This month, it could be YOUR turn to win!

Enter to win an invitation for two to the VIP Premiere Celebration of ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems, on Thursday, May 8. 


To enter, please complete this form by May 5, 2014.


Science Store Feature

Flex your mental muscle with Mind Benders: Brain Boggling Tricks, Puzzles, and Illusions! 


Mind Bender Book - Special!


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