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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By working together we produce major outcomes that no single organization could achieve alone.

By working together we produce major outcomes that no single organization could achieve alone.

Mission: Our mission is to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science.

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Who else is ready to be done with 2020?
12/31/2020

Who else is ready to be done with 2020?

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! Today we highlight the work of Dr. Alexa Irene Canady. Dr. Canady is the first African Ameri...
12/30/2020

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! Today we highlight the work of Dr. Alexa Irene Canady. Dr. Canady is the first African American woman in the United States to become a neurosurgeon. She specialized in pediatric neurosurgery and was the chief of neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital in Michigan from 1987 until her partial retirement in 2001. In addition to surgery, she also conducted research and was a professor of neurosurgery at Wayne State University. Her contributions, particularly in the management of hydrocephalus and dysraphism, are widespread and led to numerous publications and presentations.

Ready for the new week? We are! #MondayMotivation
12/28/2020

Ready for the new week? We are! #MondayMotivation

Have a fun, safe and warm weekend, Fleetsters!
12/26/2020

Have a fun, safe and warm weekend, Fleetsters!

It’s the holiday season and #poinsettias are everywhere! Have you ever wondered how these festive plants get their vibra...
12/25/2020

It’s the holiday season and #poinsettias are everywhere! Have you ever wondered how these festive plants get their vibrant red color? The poinsettia is a light-sensitive plant. When you deprive the plant in its full leafing stage of light, the only chlorophyll used to turn the leaves green cannot be produced. As a result, the only color that will be produced is red in a process called photoperiodism. #HappyHolidays, Fleetsters!

Marie Maynard Daly was an American biochemist and the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. ...
12/23/2020

Marie Maynard Daly was an American biochemist and the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, which was awarded by Columbia University in 1947. Fascinated by the human body's complicated inner workings, Marie Maynard Daly is best known for research geared toward practical applications for health and nutrition, she investigated the effects of cholesterol, sugars and other nutrients on the heart. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

12/22/2020
This is How I STEM: IMAX Projectionist

If you think the films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theatre are impressive, you should meet the staff! Meet Mike, a long-time projectionist with the Fleet, and hear about the ways he uses #STEM for his work in film.

Happy #WinterSolstice, Fleetsters! You might think of the solstice as a day, but it’s really a very specific moment—a mo...
12/21/2020

Happy #WinterSolstice, Fleetsters! You might think of the solstice as a day, but it’s really a very specific moment—a moment that marks the sun’s southernmost point in our sky for this year. In #SanDiego, the winter solstice happened today, December 21, at 2:02 a.m.! Photo by Frank McKenna.

It's #SpaceSunday! The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, is seen in ...
12/20/2020

It's #SpaceSunday! The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, is seen in this false color infrared image, as it launches from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), on September 18, 2013, at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. Cygnus was on its way to rendezvous with the space station to deliver about 1,300 pounds of cargo, including food and clothing, to the Expedition 37 crew. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Who's ready for the weekend?
12/19/2020

Who's ready for the weekend?

When your hair is ready for the weekend ... #HairGoals! Today's #FaunaFriday features the beautiful Golden Pheasants. Th...
12/18/2020

When your hair is ready for the weekend ... #HairGoals!
Today's #FaunaFriday features the beautiful Golden Pheasants. They are terrestrial birds spending most of their time on the forest floor of Asia, though they are capable of short and fast bursts of flight. Field zoologists have noticed that golden pheasants are susceptible to bleaching if they are exposed to the sun for long periods of time. The shadowed forests they live in protect their beautiful vibrant colors.

Investigate the amazing systems of the human body with your young scientist! Children ages 3-5 can continue their learni...
12/17/2020
Young Scientists

Investigate the amazing systems of the human body with your young scientist! Children ages 3-5 can continue their learning experiences and create excitement for science with Young Scientists. The 4-week program for children ages 3-5 comes with prepackaged materials and weekly video check-ins.

Registration is open! The Fleet Science Center is now offering its early childhood program online for families to continue their learning experiences that enhance exploration and create exciteme

As an American biologist, ground-breaking cancer researcher, distinguished professor and top university administrator, J...
12/16/2020

As an American biologist, ground-breaking cancer researcher, distinguished professor and top university administrator, Jewel Plummer Cobb changed the face of the scientific community. She contributed to the field of cancer research by studying the cure for melanoma. Her research advanced our understanding of the skin cells that produce melanin and how those cells become cancerous. Despite all of the challenges, she was committed to using her success to encourage women and minorities to enter the STEM fields. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

12/16/2020
FLEETtv: We Make—Studio X

Have you ever been to Studio X? It's the Makerspace at the Fleet Science Center! Here you can channel your inner inventor and explore a full spectrum of STEAM activities.

Happy Monday, Fleetsters!
12/14/2020

Happy Monday, Fleetsters!

Flemmie Pansy Kittrell was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in nutrition. Her research focused on the le...
12/10/2020

Flemmie Pansy Kittrell was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in nutrition. Her research focused on the levels of protein requirements in adults, the proper feeding of black infants and the importance of preschool enrichment experiences. During her career, Kittrell improved the quality of life for thousands of people and focused worldwide attention on problems involving malnutrition and child development. #WomeninSTEM

12/09/2020
Fleet2Go: How to Make Up and Down Automata

Have we ever mentioned how much we love making automata in Studio X? It’s because we do! In this Fleet2Go, Jackie shows you how to create automata that go up and down.

Who's ready to start a new week? #MondayMotivation
12/07/2020

Who's ready to start a new week? #MondayMotivation

"What did you call me?" The Dik-dik is one of Africa’s most unusual antelope. They're tiny and adorable animals, barely ...
12/04/2020

"What did you call me?"
The Dik-dik is one of Africa’s most unusual antelope. They're tiny and adorable animals, barely large enough to poke their heads above the grass. Dik-diks get their name from their call, which is an onomatopoeia for the whistling warning sound shouted by the females—a high-pitched shrill a little like dik-dik, dik-dik. #FaunaFriday

Grace Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. A true pioneer in the field, she wa...
12/02/2020

Grace Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. A true pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language. She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages. Hopper is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches—inspired by an actual moth removed from the computer! #WomeninSTEMWednesday

12/01/2020
Fleet2Go: How to Make Round and Round Automata

Building #automata is one of our favorite activities at Studio X! In this #Fleet2Go, Jackie shows you how to create automata that go round and round. It's a great way to explore how cams and levers work, as well as incorporating movement into your art.

On this #GivingTuesday, all gifts to the Fleet Science Center will go to support our Distance Learning Hubs, which creat...
12/01/2020

On this #GivingTuesday, all gifts to the Fleet Science Center will go to support our Distance Learning Hubs, which create a safe and positive learning environment. Almost 90% of kids in the Hubs are Title I students and underwriting from Fleet donors has supported the program. But that funding is about to run out just as we are hearing that schools may delay or limit reopening. We need your help to continue providing this valued service to families in our community. This Giving Tuesday, we need your help to keep the Fleet’s Distance Learning Hubs going for these students. Please donate today at www.fleetscience.org/donate.

It's #Space Sunday! This image of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot a...
11/30/2020

It's #Space Sunday! This image of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot and a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years. The colors, and their changes, provide important clues to ongoing processes in Jupiter's atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley)

You can make a real difference to kids in our community! On this #GivingTuesday, all gifts to the Fleet Science Center w...
11/30/2020

You can make a real difference to kids in our community! On this #GivingTuesday, all gifts to the Fleet Science Center will go to support our Distance Learning Hubs, which create a safe and positive learning environment for kids in grades 1–6. Help the Fleet keep this program going for families in our community by making a donation at www.fleetscience.org/donate!

11/25/2020
Fleetsters just want to have fun!

It's a wrap! With this episode, we finalize the first season of FLEETtv. Along the way, we made mistakes, laughed—a lot!—and even showed some fun dance moves and singing. We're extremely thankful for all of the support we've received from you and can't wait to show you all of the exciting videos we ha planned for next season.

Who's got the #MondayBlues? This wonderful blue image of Jupiter does! NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this view of a ch...
11/23/2020

Who's got the #MondayBlues? This wonderful blue image of Jupiter does! NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this view of a chaotic, stormy area of the planet’s northern hemisphere known as a folded filamentary region. Jupiter has no solid surface in the same way Earth does. Data collected by Juno indicate that some of the giant planet’s winds run deeper and last longer than similar atmospheric processes on Earth.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS, processing by Kevin M. Gill.

11/20/2020

Ready for a challenge? Create your own catapult! In this Fleet2Go, Akiko will guide you step by step to make two different types of catapults. You can then use either one of them—or maybe even both of them—to launch small objects. We'd love to see your results!

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist and a pioneer in the study of radiation. She discovered two new chemical element...
11/18/2020

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist and a pioneer in the study of radiation. She discovered two new chemical elements—radium and polonium. Currie also carried out the first research into the treatment of tumors with radiation, and she was the founder of the Curie Institutes, which are important medical research centers. Marie Curie is the only person who has ever won Nobel Prizes in both physics (1903) and chemistry (1911). Talk about major woman power! #WomeninSTEMWednesday

11/17/2020
Tapping Into Your Inner Engineer

Let’s tap into our inner engineer! In this episode of FLEETtv, John demonstrates a special type of pendulum he created himself, Akiko shows a way to turn recyclables into a fun game using catapults, and Vanessa tells us how she got into the field of civil engineering.

Who's ready to start a new week? #MondayMotivation
11/16/2020

Who's ready to start a new week? #MondayMotivation

Attention, Stargazers! The Leonid meteor shower will light up the night sky in a few days and put on a socially distant ...
11/14/2020

Attention, Stargazers! The Leonid meteor shower will light up the night sky in a few days and put on a socially distant spectacle for everyone to enjoy. Here's all the info on how to view it: https://bit.ly/3ktYIuy.

Ready for some #Fridaythe13th science? Two words: Zombie Ants! The Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is an entomopathogenic fu...
11/13/2020

Ready for some #Fridaythe13th science? Two words: Zombie Ants! The Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is an entomopathogenic fungus, or zombie ant fungus, is known for its ability to hijack an ant's mind and body, forcing it to climb a nearby plant stem and lock its jaw around a leaf. Shortly after, a long stalk grows through the ants head, and fungal spores rain on nearby ants to repeat the cycle. How's that for creepy science!
Image credit: David P. Hughes.

"The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.” - Maria Montessori #ThursdayToughts
11/12/2020

"The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.” - Maria Montessori
#ThursdayToughts

11/10/2020
The Explosive Power of Liquid Nitrogen

Did you know that liquid nitrogen can expand almost 700 times as it warms up? And it all happens extremely fast! In this FLEETtv episode, Ashanti and Ryan will show you just how explosive liquid nitrogen can be.

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