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Fleet Science Center Dec, 2015 Events


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Your Guide to the Fleet DECEMBER 2015
Join the Holiday Fun at the Fleet
e52ae5c9-253c-4aa2-b526-2472a644292f.jpg Immerse yourself in science this holiday season at the Fleet! Come enjoy our current traveling exhibition, Imaginate, with more than 20 interactive exhibits all about the science behind innovation. Also see our latest IMAX film, Jerusalem, featuring stunning views of the Holy Land and stories about the people that live in the ancient city.

The Fleet is open 365 days a year, including every single day of the holidays. Come enjoy some family time with us when it’s time to get out of the house. More>>

f37f1a9a-7c7f-4ec1-baec-e237192943b9.jpg We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Fleet will be part of this day of giving. Visit our website and look for the #GivingTuesday banner to support the Fleet for this one-day celebration of generosity! More>>

Join the movement and help support science on Tuesday, December 1.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens With the Fleet
6801cc32-8a3c-4632-bbaf-8ba2297ca011.jpg This is your chance to see cinematic history one day early! Join the Fleet for an exclusive private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Tickets include a pre-party at the Fleet with drinks, food from local restaurants, themed science activities and a chance to meet R2-D2 and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion.

The screening takes place at the AMC Mission Valley 20 IMAX theater. Transportation from the Fleet to the movie theater and back will be provided by private motorcoach. More>>

Tickets are on sale now!

Thursday, December 17. The party begins at 7 p.m. at the Fleet, with motorcoaches departing to the movie theater at 9:30 p.m.

Winter Camps On Sale Now!
9f678939-6e88-4c1b-98ce-b4d1e99c8d6d.jpg Keep the kids occupied through the holidays with full-day science camps through winter break. Grades 1-3 can enjoy creative science camps based on Imaginate, the Fleet’s newest exhibition built on interactive play and learning the process of innovation. Grades 4-6 can join Minecraft Computer Programming Camp where they will learn how to customize their Minecraft experience with unique blocks or items, creatures, schematics and even an entire mini-game!

Camps are on sale now. Sign up for a single day or enroll in multiple days of fun activities! More>>

Monday, December 21, through Thursday, December 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding weekends, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Holiday Shopping at the North Star Science Store
58316b83-8dbf-4bfc-a443-3daba48ab332.jpg Do your holiday shopping with us! The North Star Science Store in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has unique science-themed gifts for everybody. Come check out our collection of learning games, science projects, IMAX DVDs and more. The North Star Science Store has gifts for science enthusiasts of all ages, most of which aren’t available anywhere else! More>>
The Debut of the Fleet Derby Track
609117d2-309b-4838-b37c-d743cba01cde.jpg This month the Fleet debuts our all new Derby Track. Join us on Saturday, December 19, from noon to 4 p.m., to design, decorate and race your own derby track car. It’s free with paid admission. More>>

Saturday, December 19, noon to 4 p.m.

The Fleet Inquiry Institute for Teachers
FII 2009 The Fleet Inquiry Institute provides teacher professional development centered on science learning through inquiry.

This month the Fleet will host the Winter Inquiry Institute, giving teachers a foundation in science inquiry using hands-on experiences and reflection. More>>

For more information please contact the Fleet Inquiry Institute at (619) 238-1233 x816 or by email.

December 21-23, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily in the Community Forum. $30 per person. Light breakfast and coffee are included. Register here.

December Nights in Balboa Park
652bf81f-ca60-49a7-bf75-dc00ff5343fe.jpg The Fleet is gearing up for another exciting December Nights event this year! We’ll have an opportunity for you to take home a unique holiday memento picture, meet Santa Claus and create a make-and-take Tinkering activity for just $5. More>>

Come early to beat the crowds! The Fleet is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

December Nights is held in Balboa Park, Friday, December 4, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, noon to 11 p.m.

For Members: Half-Priced Popcorn in December
aff3e4fd-ffdd-4912-aefc-a33a05ecd82d.jpg During the month of December, show your membership card at the concessions stand when you see Jerusalem or any other IMAX films, and we’ll take 50% off the purchase price of popcorn (some restrictions may apply). One more way the Fleet thanks you for your membership support!

Membership also makes a wonderful holiday gift! Share your love of science and learning with a gift membership for someone in your family. Call (619) 685-5713 or print out this application.

Not yet a member? Join now and enjoy all of the Fleet!

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.
Quick Links
Monthly Schedule

Hours & Admission

Buy Tickets Online

Membership Info

Purchase a Gift Card

Deals & Discounts

Volunteer Opportunities

Support the Fleet

The Fleet is open 365 days a year! Visit us on Christmas and New Years’ Day.
December Events

1 FREE First Tuesday
2 The Sky Tonight
2 Exploring Ethics
3 52 Weeks of Science
4 & 5 December Nights
7 Senior Mondays
8 Spotlight on San Diego Science
9 52 Weeks of Science
12 Tinkerers’ Club
12 Saturday Science Club for Girls
14 52 Weeks of Science
17 Night of Science: Star Wars Edition
19 Tinkerers’ Club
19 Fleet Derby Track
21 Winter Camps Begin
21-23 Fleet Inquiry Institute
25 Merry Christmas
31 Happy New Year
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Enter to Win
Congratulations to Autumn Jojola, last month’s winner of a $25 gift certificate to the North Star Science Store.

This month it could be YOUR turn to win! Enter to win TWO tickets to the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

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

Store Spotlight
Create Amazing
Mathematical Sculptures
e57a1158-2f90-47cb-9e62-211de7d51fbd.jpg Interlocking triangles, squares, pentagons and hexagons combine in myriad ways to make wonderful and colorful creations at the intersection of art and mathematics!

Find it at the North Star Science Store for $39.99 for nonmembers and $35.99 for members.

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Only 2 Weeks Of Diving Reveals 22 Ancient Greek Shipwrecks

Two weeks of diving uncovered centuries of sunken ships, and researchers are deciphering the clues contained in each.

A spate of shipwrecks recently found near a group of Greek islands has given researchers new insights into how trade routes and sailing technology evolved in the Eastern Mediterranean. And with more exploration planned, additional discoveries are still likely.

Over a stretch of two weeks in September, tips from local fishermen and sponge divers led a team of Greek and American archaeologists to the precise locations of 22 shipwrecks in a 17-square-mile area around the Fourni archipelago in the eastern Aegean.

The find is remarkable both for the sheer number of wrecks in the small area and the range of time periods the vessels came from.

The earliest wreck dates to the Archaic Period (700-480 B.C.), while the most recent is from the Late Medieval Period (16th century A.D.). Ships from the Classical Period (480-323 B.C.) and the Hellenistic Period (323-31 B.C.) were also found, though a majority—12 of the 22—sailed and sank at some point during the Late Roman Period (300-600 A.D.)

“It’s an extremely rich area,” says Greek director George Koutsouflakis, an archaeologist with the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.

Finding 22 shipwrecks in only two weeks is incredibly rare, but more discoveries in the area are likely—the team has surveyed only 5 percent of Fourni’s coasts, and local fishermen have given them many more tips.

All the ships were merchant vessels traversing a route that connected Anatolia, Samos, and the Black Sea region to Rhodes, Cyprus, and even Egypt. Wooden ships generally decompose underwater or get eaten by seaworms. But their cargo—ancient clay storage jars called amphorae—survive. Each ship was carrying several hundred amphorae. By assessing the size and shape of the jars, archaeologists can infer where and when they were made.

Residue or DNA analysis will confirm what they contained, but the primary goods are not in doubt.

“We know from comparable shipwrecks and terrestrial sites that the three major goods would have been olive oil, wine, and fish sauce,” says Jeffrey Royal, a co-director from the Florida-based RPM Nautical Foundation ……


Pros and Cons of Alternative Countertops

Looking for something more unique than granite in your kitchen and bathrooms?  These beautiful alternatives are sure to make a statement.


The Pros

Wood is readily available, sustainable, comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, and is fairly affordable.

The Cons

Natural finishes require oiling and you must also be vigilant to keep the surface dry.


The Pros

Softer stone than granite, easier to cut and work with, heat resistant, durable, sustainable, and beautiful.

The Cons

Easily scratched and stained.


The Pros

Durable, dense, ages well, and cost effective.

The Cons

Rough texture, requires maintenance, and doesn’t come in a wide range of colors.


The Pros

Extremely durable and very scratch, stain, and heat resistant.

The Cons

Can discolor over time if in direct sunlight, may not look as seamless as granite when covering a large space since they are usually manufactured in pre-determined sizes.

Ceramic Tile

The Pros

Heat resistant, comes in every color imaginable.

The Cons

Grout can become easily stained, counter surface is uneven, and tiles can often crack.


The Pros

Very durable if sealed, heat resistant, and a wide variety of textures.

The Cons

Can be easily stained with water or heat damage if not stained, not many color options, can seem outdated.


The Pros

Heat, stain, and germ resistant, and very customizable.

The Cons

Can chip or break depending on tempering, may show fingerprints.

Stainless Steel

The Pros

Heat and germ resistant, modern.

The Cons

Will show scratches and fingerprints, can be very noisy.

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Fleet Science Center July, 2015 Events

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Your Guide to the Fleet JULY 2015
Dive Into Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean
9436ef24-fd88-4016-b892-ac46b92a1d76.jpg Experience life beneath the waves like you’ve never seen it before. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean features breathtaking shots of some of the most peculiar creatures in the sea. Learn about the giant clam and what it eats to grow up to 400 pounds. Also witness how the highly intelligent octopus can change its color and texture to camouflage itself and disappear into its surroundings. These creatures become larger than life when seen in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean debuts at the Fleet on Friday, July 3. Be the first to see it when it comes out. More>>
Experience the Science of the Impossible
1827.jpg Jason Latimer is back! The World Champion of Magic–and the Fleet’s Curator of Impossible Science–will astound San Diego audiences once again as he returns to the Fleet with his special blend of science and illusion in his live show: The Impossible Science Experience. If you never believed you could watch a person walk through a solid door, bend light or shape water into a solid, then prepare to have your mind blown! More>>The Impossible Science Experience takes places Friday through Sunday, 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., beginning July 5.
Join the Pluto Fly-By Party
b876156a-1023-46fd-ac9b-2d89077d1aa0.jpg NASA is on the verge of completing a monumental mission to send a satellite to every single planet–and dwarf planet–in our Solar System. On Tuesday, July 14, it’s expected that NASA will come one step closer to completing that mission when the New Horizons spacecraft flies by the dwarf planet Pluto. Join us to get a front row seat to the action as we host our own Pluto Fly-By Party. We’ll feature a live feed of the events as they happen, with special commentary from NASA representative, Jerry Hillburn, and the Fleet’s own resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will. More>>Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Night of Science–Circus Feats and Science Geeks
afc3e231-9ba0-4d4a-95e8-b2851a693ae2.jpg Join the circus for a night! No kids allowed! The Fleet’s 21+ after-hours science party features food for purchase from God Save the Cuisine and a special screening of To the Limit. Plus, try your skills on the tightrope and get the scoop from local scientists on what really makes all your favorite circus spectacles work. More>>Thursday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Tickets are $19.95 for nonmembers and $15 for Fleet Members. Tickets available now.
Girl Scouts’ Night at the Fleet
3332be23-e0bf-42bb-bca9-6aeb39dee7f7.jpg For one night in July, Girl Scouts will be taking over the Fleet and and have the entire science center to themselves!The night will have educational hands-on workshops, a scavenger hunt in the science center, a film on the Giant Dome screen, music, dancing and full access to all of the Fleet exhibit galleries all night long!The Sleepover is open for Girl Scouts ages 6-13, with at least one adult chaperone required for every five children. More>>

Saturday, July 18, at 6:15 p.m. through Sunday, July 19, at 8:15 a.m. Sign up early to reserve your spot.

The Fleet’s Next Top Circus Performer
9d9ae28c-a9fd-4ebb-9073-9ce9219eb706.jpg Help the Fleet pick our newest daredevil circus performer when our Don’t Try This at Home live science show debuts their newest act, Science Sideshow. Our science demonstrators explore the hair-raising physics of the Bowling Ball of Doom, the Not-So-Human Cannonball and the infamous Bed of Nails.All Don’t Try This at Home live science shows are performed daily and included with Fleet admission. More>>Shows are five times a day, seven days a week.
Summer Camps Are Selling Out Fast
9f678939-6e88-4c1b-98ce-b4d1e99c8d6d.jpg Did you know that the Fleet offers more than thirty different summer science camps?Kids in kindergarten through 8th grade can learn about robotics, computer programming, wacky science and more.Check the online reservations page to see if there are still spaces available in the camp your kids want.

To register, call Client Services at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 or sign up online.

Theater Vouchers Are Your Ticket Under the Sea
1454.jpg Free IMAX and planetarium show vouchers are one of the primary benefits Fleet members receive and one more reason why Fleet Membership is a great value all year long. If you are a member, use your vouchers to join us for our latest IMAX feature, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean. Not yet a member? Sign up now!
Thank You for Making The Non Gala Experiment a Success!
1ee893f2-75ea-4eaa-a151-0608a49dc3f7.png Your participation was the key element is raising more than $103,000 toward bringing the power of science to more San Diego County students, teachers and visitors.We love the feedback we’ve gotten from donors about how much fun the do-yourself science experiments were to do, how refreshing The Non Gala Experiment was, and that the 100% of the proceeds went directly to support science learning in San Diego.Enjoy some of the experiment videos here.
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.
Quick Links
Monthly ScheduleHours & AdmissionBuy Tickets Online

Membership Info

Purchase a Gift Card

Deals & Discounts

Volunteer Opportunities

Support the Fleet

Extended Summer Hours:
Summer Hours
begin July 6.Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday & Saturday,
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July Events

1 The Sky Tonight
4 Open for Independence Day
4 Tinkerers’ Club
4 Family Science Saturdays
6 Senior Mondays
7 FREE First Tuesday
11 Saturday Science Club for Girls
11 Tinkerers’ Club
11 Family Science Saturdays
13 Suds & Science
14 Summer Teacher Institute
14 Pluto Fly-By Party
16 Night of Science
18 Tinkerers’ Club
18 Girl Scout Sleepover
18 Family Science Saturdays
25 Tinkerers’ Club
25 Family Science Saturdays
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Enter to Win
Congratulations to Pat Bryan, last month’s winner of a Certificate of Adoption of a wild Sea Turtle from the World Wildlife Fund!This month, it could be YOUR turn to win!Enter to win a $25 Gift Card to the Fleet’s North Star Science Store.


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

Store Spotlight
Unleash your inner rocket scientist!
19c88ddc-1293-4e06-91ea-2f88a7258729.gif The Thames and Kosmos Rocket Scientist Kit features 18 different rocket experiments. Launch water- and air-powered rockets to learn about action and reaction forces or build a balloon-propelled rocket to hit target “planets.”Available in the North Star Science Store for $39.95 for nonmembers, and $35.96 for members.
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Just People – Really, Really Fallible, But Still People!

Hilarious voicemail on YouTube … Back in 2008, this guy was leaving a voicemail for his boss when he witnessed a minor traffic accident …… hey, we are all fallible, enjoy lightly everybody!