Fleet Science Center

Fleet Science Center The Fleet is home to Southern California's only IMAX® Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. The Fleet is a member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 arts, science and culture institutions in Balboa Park.
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Happy Monday! How will you make this week great? #MondayMotivation
05/03/2021

Happy Monday! How will you make this week great? #MondayMotivation

Happy Monday! How will you make this week great? #MondayMotivation

Did you hear? The Fleet and the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore are hosting a special virtual event! On May 4, join us for t...
05/01/2021

Did you hear? The Fleet and the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore are hosting a special virtual event! On May 4, join us for the Project Hail Mary Book Release Event: Andy Weir in conversation with Bobak Ferdowsi. Don't miss out, get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3e6KWOv.

Did you hear? The Fleet and the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore are hosting a special virtual event! On May 4, join us for the Project Hail Mary Book Release Event: Andy Weir in conversation with Bobak Ferdowsi. Don't miss out, get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3e6KWOv.

We might not notice it in our day-to-day lives, but our sky is actually extremely vibrant and alive—and it's about to ge...
04/30/2021

We might not notice it in our day-to-day lives, but our sky is actually extremely vibrant and alive—and it's about to get even brighter with the #EtaAquarid meteor shower! Here's all you need to know about it: https://bit.ly/3xBUybv 🌠

We might not notice it in our day-to-day lives, but our sky is actually extremely vibrant and alive—and it's about to get even brighter with the #EtaAquarid meteor shower! Here's all you need to know about it: https://bit.ly/3xBUybv 🌠

The Fleet and Mysterious Galaxy Books invite you to a special virtual event! On May 4, join us for the Project Hail Mary...
04/29/2021
You're Invited to a Virtual Event with Andy Weir!

The Fleet and Mysterious Galaxy Books invite you to a special virtual event! On May 4, join us for the Project Hail Mary Book Release Event: Andy Weir in conversation with Bobak Ferdowsi. Get your tickets today!

Hosted by the Fleet Science Center and the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ FLEET AFTER DARK EVENT INVITATION The Fleet Science Center and the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore invite you to a specia

Helen Octavia Dickens was the first African-American female admitted to the American College of Surgeons. During her car...
04/28/2021

Helen Octavia Dickens was the first African-American female admitted to the American College of Surgeons. During her career, she committed herself to bringing obstetric and gynecologic care to impoverished communities. In addition she was an advocate for cancer education and services, encouraging doctors to perform Pap smears to test for cervical cancer in women. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

Helen Octavia Dickens was the first African-American female admitted to the American College of Surgeons. During her career, she committed herself to bringing obstetric and gynecologic care to impoverished communities. In addition she was an advocate for cancer education and services, encouraging doctors to perform Pap smears to test for cervical cancer in women. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

Are you ready to create your experience with our exhibit galleries, favorite activities and films in the Heikoff Giant D...
04/28/2021

Are you ready to create your experience with our exhibit galleries, favorite activities and films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater? The Fleet's signature experiences are now open! Get ready for your visit at www.fleetscience.org.

Are you ready to create your experience with our exhibit galleries, favorite activities and films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater? The Fleet's signature experiences are now open! Get ready for your visit at www.fleetscience.org.

04/28/2021
Fleet2Go: Density Tower Experiment

How do different liquids interact with each other? Watch as Ariana builds a colorful density tower and tests out how different objects move through it. Try it out yourself! #Fleet2Go

Did you miss the first #supermoon of the year last night? A supermoon is a #fullmoon or a #newmoon that happens when it'...
04/27/2021

Did you miss the first #supermoon of the year last night? A supermoon is a #fullmoon or a #newmoon that happens when it's within 90% of perigee—its closest approach to Earth. If you didn't get a glimpse of it, don't worry! The next one is less than a month away. You’ll get a chance to see it on May 26, 2021.

📸 by Ganapathy Kumar.

Did you miss the first #supermoon of the year last night? A supermoon is a #fullmoon or a #newmoon that happens when it's within 90% of perigee—its closest approach to Earth. If you didn't get a glimpse of it, don't worry! The next one is less than a month away. You’ll get a chance to see it on May 26, 2021.

📸 by Ganapathy Kumar.

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! #MondayMotivation
04/26/2021

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! #MondayMotivation

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! #MondayMotivation

This is the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Sprinkled throughout this i...
04/25/2021

This is the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Sprinkled throughout this image are galaxies that are located hundreds of millions of light-years away. #SpaceSunday

This is the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Sprinkled throughout this image are galaxies that are located hundreds of millions of light-years away. #SpaceSunday

Patiently waiting for summer weather like... The Japanese marten is native to the islands of Honshū, Kyūshū and Shikoku....
04/23/2021

Patiently waiting for summer weather like...

The Japanese marten is native to the islands of Honshū, Kyūshū and Shikoku. They prefer to live along valleys, primarily in broad-leaved forests and they usually build their dens in trees and ground burrows. They tend to be solitary and very territorial animals. #faunafriday

Patiently waiting for summer weather like...

The Japanese marten is native to the islands of Honshū, Kyūshū and Shikoku. They prefer to live along valleys, primarily in broad-leaved forests and they usually build their dens in trees and ground burrows. They tend to be solitary and very territorial animals. #faunafriday

04/22/2021
Earth Day with Bunji!

If you need us, we'll be celebrating #EarthDay at the beach like our friend Bunji the sea turtle. How are you celebrating the planet today?

Bessie Blount Griffin was an inventor, forensic scientist and physical therapist. She began her career as a physical the...
04/21/2021

Bessie Blount Griffin was an inventor, forensic scientist and physical therapist. She began her career as a physical therapist for wounded World War II veterans and dedicated part of her work to teaching them to use their feet and teeth in order to be able to write. Later on, she focused her efforts on creating a device that would help amputated individuals feed themselves. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

Bessie Blount Griffin was an inventor, forensic scientist and physical therapist. She began her career as a physical therapist for wounded World War II veterans and dedicated part of her work to teaching them to use their feet and teeth in order to be able to write. Later on, she focused her efforts on creating a device that would help amputated individuals feed themselves. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

Happy Monday! Let's make this a great week! #MondayMotivation
04/19/2021

Happy Monday! Let's make this a great week! #MondayMotivation

Happy Monday! Let's make this a great week! #MondayMotivation

What do you know about the spirit bear? Immerse yourself in this fabled animal's world in Great Bear Rainforest. Now pla...
04/17/2021
Great Bear Rainforest | Fleet Science Center - San Diego, CA

What do you know about the spirit bear? Immerse yourself in this fabled animal's world in Great Bear Rainforest. Now playing at the Fleet! https://bit.ly/3wyLa86

Great Bear Rainforest tells the story of one of the rarest animals on Earth—the fabled all-white Spirit Bear—and its ancient forest home. Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the planet’s most exquisite and secluded wildernesses. Found on Canada’s rugged Pacifi...

No, this is not a miniature bunny. This tiny rodent is the long-eared jerboa and it is native to the deserts of northwes...
04/16/2021

No, this is not a miniature bunny. This tiny rodent is the long-eared jerboa and it is native to the deserts of northwest China and southern Mongolia. These animals might look like mini bunnies, but they actually hop around like kangaroos, all thanks to their unusually long tail and feet. Which animal do you think they look most similar to? #FaunaFriday

Photo: Liu Jian

No, this is not a miniature bunny. This tiny rodent is the long-eared jerboa and it is native to the deserts of northwest China and southern Mongolia. These animals might look like mini bunnies, but they actually hop around like kangaroos, all thanks to their unusually long tail and feet. Which animal do you think they look most similar to? #FaunaFriday

Photo: Liu Jian

Dale Brown Emeagwali is a microbiologist and cancer researcher. Dr. Emeagwali received her Doctor of Philosophy in micro...
04/14/2021

Dale Brown Emeagwali is a microbiologist and cancer researcher. Dr. Emeagwali received her Doctor of Philosophy in microbiology from the University of Georgetown in 1981 and later became involved in cancer research. Emeagwali and her team discovered that the ras oncogene (a mutated form of the ras gene) can be subdued through antisense methodology. A normal functioning ras gene is crucial in order to control cell growth and whenever a mutation occurs, it may cause some cancer cells to grow and spread throughout the body. Dr. Emeagwali's research provided an understanding of how cancer could potentially be treated. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

Dale Brown Emeagwali is a microbiologist and cancer researcher. Dr. Emeagwali received her Doctor of Philosophy in microbiology from the University of Georgetown in 1981 and later became involved in cancer research. Emeagwali and her team discovered that the ras oncogene (a mutated form of the ras gene) can be subdued through antisense methodology. A normal functioning ras gene is crucial in order to control cell growth and whenever a mutation occurs, it may cause some cancer cells to grow and spread throughout the body. Dr. Emeagwali's research provided an understanding of how cancer could potentially be treated. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

04/13/2021
We Make: Nance Jewelery

Did you know there's a ton of science in jewelry making? From the equipment used to form the pieces to the chemicals used to treat the metals, STEM is everywhere you look at the Nance Jewelry studio in Barrio Logan. ​Check it out!

This beautiful and intricate arrangement of interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity is the...
04/11/2021

This beautiful and intricate arrangement of interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity is the Butterfly Nebula. This portion of the nebula lies about 4000 years away and captures the emission of ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Can you see any shapes—or maybe animals—hidden in this nebula? #SpaceSunday

Photo: Alan Pham/NASA

This beautiful and intricate arrangement of interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity is the Butterfly Nebula. This portion of the nebula lies about 4000 years away and captures the emission of ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Can you see any shapes—or maybe animals—hidden in this nebula? #SpaceSunday

Photo: Alan Pham/NASA

Design is everywhere we look—even in places you might not expect! Design Zone, lets you explore mathematical concepts us...
04/10/2021

Design is everywhere we look—even in places you might not expect! Design Zone, lets you explore mathematical concepts used by innovators and creators. Solve real-world challenges and discover that math isn’t just a subject in school. Create your experience in Design Zone, now open at the Fleet!

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3uvqj3Q.

Design is everywhere we look—even in places you might not expect! Design Zone, lets you explore mathematical concepts used by innovators and creators. Solve real-world challenges and discover that math isn’t just a subject in school. Create your experience in Design Zone, now open at the Fleet!

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3uvqj3Q.

This is the Kermode bear, commonly known as the spirit bear. They are a subspecies of the North American black bear and ...
04/09/2021

This is the Kermode bear, commonly known as the spirit bear. They are a subspecies of the North American black bear and their white fur is caused by a double recessive gene unique to this subspecies. This fabled bear can mostly be found in the secluded Great Bear Rainforest, located in British Columbia and is viewed by the First Nations communities as sacred. Discover more about this extraordinary bear in Great Bear Rainforest, a new IMAX film now playing at the Fleet! #FaunaFriday https://bit.ly/3wyLa86

Are you ready to create your experience with our exhibit galleries, favorite activities and films in the Heikoff Giant D...
04/08/2021

Are you ready to create your experience with our exhibit galleries, favorite activities and films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater? The Fleet's signature experiences are reopening tomorrow, April 9. Get ready for your visit at www.fleetscience.org.

Are you ready to create your experience with our exhibit galleries, favorite activities and films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater? The Fleet's signature experiences are reopening tomorrow, April 9. Get ready for your visit at www.fleetscience.org.

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, ecologist and writer. She is widely known for her book, Silent Spring, in which sh...
04/07/2021

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, ecologist and writer. She is widely known for her book, Silent Spring, in which she highlights the dangers of chemical pesticides on the environment. Her book triggered a movement that eventually led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Throughout her career, she wrote countless articles, pamphlets, books and even radio scripts about her love of the natural world. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, ecologist and writer. She is widely known for her book, Silent Spring, in which she highlights the dangers of chemical pesticides on the environment. Her book triggered a movement that eventually led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Throughout her career, she wrote countless articles, pamphlets, books and even radio scripts about her love of the natural world. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

04/07/2021
Fleet2Go: How to Make Pepakura

The art of Pepakura is almost a cross between origami and a jigsaw puzzle. Learn to make a life-size cat entirely out of paper with this Fleet2Go!

Happy #MondayMotivation!
04/05/2021

Happy #MondayMotivation!

Happy #MondayMotivation!

Is this a colorful abstract work of art or an actual satellite image of planet Earth? This image highlights the vibrant ...
04/04/2021

Is this a colorful abstract work of art or an actual satellite image of planet Earth? This image highlights the vibrant Reserva de la Biosfera Pantanos de Centla, a biosphere reserve in southern Mexico that contains a rich variety of wildlife. #SpaceSunday Photo: USGS/NASA

Is this a colorful abstract work of art or an actual satellite image of planet Earth? This image highlights the vibrant Reserva de la Biosfera Pantanos de Centla, a biosphere reserve in southern Mexico that contains a rich variety of wildlife. #SpaceSunday Photo: USGS/NASA

What happens to satellites when they are no longer operational? Discover how much "space junk" is around the Earth and t...
04/03/2021

What happens to satellites when they are no longer operational? Discover how much "space junk" is around the Earth and the solar system on the next Sky Tonight astronomy talk.

What happens to satellites when they are no longer operational? Discover how much "space junk" is around the Earth and the solar system on the next Sky Tonight astronomy talk.

It's #FaunaFriday, the cutest day of the week! This colorful little bird, commonly known as the Superb Starling, can typ...
04/02/2021

It's #FaunaFriday, the cutest day of the week! This colorful little bird, commonly known as the Superb Starling, can typically be found in East Africa. These tiny creatures weigh between 2.5 and a whopping 3 ounces. They can be identified by their metallic hues and white band separating the breast from their bellies. Do you have a favorite type of bird?

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! Dr. Antonia Novello was the 14th Surgeon General of the United States, the first woman and f...
03/31/2021

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! Dr. Antonia Novello was the 14th Surgeon General of the United States, the first woman and first Hispanic to hold the position. After dealing with a painful medical condition throughout her childhood, Dr. Novello dedicated most of her life to children's health issues. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Puerto Rico, completed her pediatric internship and residency at the University of Michigan and holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. During her time as Surgeon General, she placed her efforts on bettering the health of women, children and adolescents worldwide.

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! Dr. Antonia Novello was the 14th Surgeon General of the United States, the first woman and first Hispanic to hold the position. After dealing with a painful medical condition throughout her childhood, Dr. Novello dedicated most of her life to children's health issues. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Puerto Rico, completed her pediatric internship and residency at the University of Michigan and holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. During her time as Surgeon General, she placed her efforts on bettering the health of women, children and adolescents worldwide.

03/31/2021
This Is How I STEM: Baking

From a list of very specific ingredients to incredibly precise measurements, baking is a science of its own! Meet Andrea, Scientist Engagement Manager at the Fleet, and hear about the ways she uses STEM in her everyday life, especially while baking delicious treats.

Create your experience with the Fleet! We're excited to reopen our doors and safely welcome you back on Friday, April 9....
03/30/2021

Create your experience with the Fleet! We're excited to reopen our doors and safely welcome you back on Friday, April 9. We'll have a brand new exhibition ready for you, your favorite activities and exciting films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater—including our newest film, Great Bear Rainforest. Get ready for your visit at www.fleetscience.org.

Create your experience with the Fleet! We're excited to reopen our doors and safely welcome you back on Friday, April 9. We'll have a brand new exhibition ready for you, your favorite activities and exciting films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater—including our newest film, Great Bear Rainforest. Get ready for your visit at www.fleetscience.org.

Let's start the week with some #MondayMotivation!
03/29/2021

Let's start the week with some #MondayMotivation!

Let's start the week with some #MondayMotivation!

It's #SpaceSunday! This colorful view from NASA's Cassini mission is Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon." The red...
03/28/2021

It's #SpaceSunday! This colorful view from NASA's Cassini mission is Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon." The red center highlights a hurricane-like storm while Saturn's bright blue rings appear at the top.

It's #SpaceSunday! This colorful view from NASA's Cassini mission is Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon." The red center highlights a hurricane-like storm while Saturn's bright blue rings appear at the top.

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At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet—and beyond—in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet hosts school field trips, science workshops and educational camps.

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