Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Your Guide to the Fleet
AUGUST  2015         
Impossible Science Festival Weekend
Have you ever wanted to experiment with the science of invisibility? Or make objects levitate? There are ways to make the seemingly impossible become possible with science.

Join Jason Latimer, the Fleet's Curator of Impossible Science, as he hosts a two-day Impossible Science Festival in the Fleet exhibit galleries!

The Impossible Science Festival will feature hands-on demos of things that are supposedly impossible, like invisibility, levitation, animation and super powers!

Most exciting of all, we'll also have a giant pool of strange, squishy Oobleck. Adventurous souls such as yourself can have an opportunity to walk across an impossible substance. More>>

The Impossible Science Festival takes place on Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the upstairs gallery of the Fleet.

Please note: Admission to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, includes access to all of the Impossible Science Festival activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as the Fleet's interactive exhibits, including CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top, and one IMAX film. $21.95 adults, $19.95 seniors and $18.95 children 3-12. Children ages 2 and younger receive free admission.


3D Printing Coming to the Tinkering Studio
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is excited to introduce 3D printing to the Tinkering Studio! Use Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) techniques to design your own toys and structures, then watch as a 3D printer creates your model right before your eyes.

3D printing has helped spark the Maker Movement and revolutionized the way objects are made and designed worldwide.

The workshop is available for ages 13+. Pricing for the three-session workshop is $80 for Fleet members and $90 for nonmembers. More>>

Sunday, August 2, 9 & 16, noon to 2 p.m.

Suds & Science: The Life & Death of Bees
You've heard of Colony Collapse Disorder, but what is it exactly? How damaging is it and what can be done about it?

Join us for this month's Suds & Science, as the Fleet welcomes bee keeper Mari Jarvis and Dr. Heather Bell from UCSD as they discuss the life and death of bees and what we can do to support a healthy bee population.

The event takes place at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Tickets are $10 and include 2 beers from Mother Earth Brewing Company. More>>

Friday, August 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Road East, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

Retro T-Shirt Design at Saturday Science Club for Girls
At the next Saturday Science Club for Girls, we're going to learn about chemistry and the science of color chromatography by making tie-dyed T-shirts!  

Bring your own white shirt to decorate and a retro frame of mind. 

Girls in grades 5-8 can join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. More>>

Saturday, August 8, noon to 2 p.m., members $12, nonmembers $14. Must pre-register by calling (619) 238-1233 x806.

The Sky Tonight: Year of the Dwarf Planet
If you were as fascinated by the Pluto Fly-By as we were, this month's live planetarium show is for you! 

Led by astronomer Dr. Lisa Will, the Sky Tonight will highlight the discoveries of the Dawn and New Horizons missions by NASA and the two dwarf planets they have recently visited, Ceres and Pluto. 

Join us this month to learn more about our amazing Solar System! More>>

Wednesday, August 5, 7 & 8:15 p.m.

Meet Scientists at Your Favorite Pub
On Thursday, August 20, we're sending 50 scientists out to 25 bars all over San Diego County to enjoy a beer, conversation and answer any questions you may have about science. Our scientists will be easy to spot. They'll be next to a sign that says, "We're scientists, ask us anything." 

Chosen by San Diego Magazine as one of the "27 Reasons to Love San Diego," Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar is a fun community program organized by the Fleet. The full list of bars is on our website, plus listings of the specialties of each participant so you can be sure to visit the scientist best suited to answer your questions. More>>


Thursday, August 20, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., multiple locations

Holiday Parties Are More Fun at the Fleet
The holidays will be here sooner than you think! The Fleet is the perfect place to host your holiday party. Whether it's your company holiday party or a personal soiree, the Fleet's 100+ hands-on exhibits will make your event a hit. Plus, if you book your celebration by October 1, you will receive a 50% discount on equipment fees. Members save an additional 10%. Dates are filling up quickly, so book your event today! More>>


Members: Step Right Up for Free Admission to CIRCUS!
As a Fleet member, admission to the Science Center includes CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top as well as a chance to try your circus skills on the special High Wire and Elastic Acrobat exhibits. 

With four new exhibitions coming to the Fleet over the next year, there has never been a better time to become a member!

Not yet a member? Become one now!

Become an Innovator
The Fleet has recently launched a new monthly newsletter dedicated to sharing the impact our donors have on the Fleet mission and your local community. 

Check out the inaugural edition of The Innovator and subscribe to receive the monthly update for yourself! More>>

Join the Circus XTREME
The circus is coming to town and the Fleet has the inside scoop! Use the discount code FLEET to get $6 off the $25 price level passes to see Circus XTREME when it rolls into town on Thursday, August 6. More>>
Our Mission
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.
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Summer Hours:

Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Friday & Saturday, 

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

August Events

1Tinkerers' Club
23D Printing Workshop
3Senior Monday
4FREE First Tuesday
5The Sky Tonight
8Saturday Science Club for Girls
93D Printing Workshop
14Suds & Science
15Tinkerers' Club
163D Printing Workshop
20Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar
22 & 23Impossible Science Festival
29Tinkerers' Club
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Enter to Win

Congratulations to Hope Grant, last month's winner of a $25 Gift Card to the Fleet's North Star Science Store!


This month, it could be YOUR turn to win!


Enter to win a 3-D Mirascope instant illusion maker from the Fleet's North Star Science Store.  


To enter, please complete this form by August 15, 2015.


Store Spotlight

Live Every Week Like It's Shark Week

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a flying shark! Now your favorite sea creature can take flight with the awesome WindNSun SeaLife DLX Nylon Kite.

Find it at the North Star Science Store for $29.95 for nonmembers and $26.96 for members.

MakerFaire 2015

   Commission for the Arts and Culture LEED certified IMAX

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