August 19, 2015
Dear Supporter, 

This month we are celebrating the concept of "Impossible Science." Impossible. Science. When you add those two words together, one must stop and ponder: in the age of science and technology what does impossible really mean?

Scientific discovery has made some of the most incredible feats seem mundane. Can you remember when the notion of having a video chat with someone halfway around the world was the purview of science fiction? Or what you might have said if you were told that you would be getting your driving directions not from an atlas but from your car? These and so many other ideas were a fantasy, dreams of what we might achieve in the future, until scientific discovery and innovation made them possible. Today when we think of the impossible, we ask, Can you read my mind? Can I levitate? Can I walk on water? These concepts may seem reserved for magic and Harry Potter but given the rapid pace of innovation, they may soon be realities.

The Fleet will be celebrating the critical role science plays in making the impossible, possible, with our Impossible Science Festival August 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival kicks off our Impossible Science Initiative which will culminate with the launch of a new permanent Science of the Impossible exhibition in 2017.
The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water.

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"The goal of the Impossible Science Festival is to promote education through curiosity,"
says Jason Latimer, host of the festival and co-designer of the exhibit.

"By exploring subjects that seem impossible but showing how they can be made possible through science, visitors will have a memorable, hands-on learning experience that will blow their minds!"

The Science of the Impossible exhibition, launching in 2017, will build on many of the festival's themes. From invisibility to levitation, this new exhibition will mix magic with scientific phenomena and introduce visitors to light properties, magnetic fields, digital wonders and how science creates the world around them.
With scientific discovery, innovation, and the boundless human mind, the concept of impossible is ever changing. It's not hard to imagine a time when technological advances will have us accomplishing all of these seemingly impossible feats and thinking, what's next?

At the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, we see it as our responsibility to promote and feed the pipeline of individuals going into STEM careers so that the next group of scientific pioneers are ready to take on "what's next." Through the Impossible Science Festival and the launch of the new permanent Science of the Impossible exhibition, the Fleet continues to endeavor to engage children and adults in the wonders of STEM. With your continued support of the Fleet and our mission, together, we might inspire the career of the next great scientific trailblazer. 

We hope to see you at the Impossible Science Festival. To learn more about how you can support the festival or permanent exhibit contact our development staff at (619) 238-1233.  




Dr. Steve Snyder, CEO

P.S. For more information on how you can support the Fleet's efforts, contact Matthew Kirl at

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