Fleet Science Center

Fleet Science Center The Fleet is home to Southern California's only Giant 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, Fleetsters! #MondayMotivation
08/09/2021

Happy Monday, Fleetsters!
#MondayMotivation

Happy Monday, Fleetsters!
#MondayMotivation

08/04/2021
We Make: BÁSICA Handcrafted Soap

What do you do when you're stuck at home for a year with your kids and love science? You start making soap! That's how Britney Sarnoski created BÁSICA Handcrafted Soap. This San Diego native combines her love for science with a need for basic high-quality ingredients to create organic products. Let's take a look at her in-home lab, AKA her kitchen, to see how her wonderful handcrafted soaps come to life!

Today's #WomeninSTEMWednesday features Chinese-American experimental physicist Chien-Shiung Wu. She made significant con...
08/04/2021

Today's #WomeninSTEMWednesday features Chinese-American experimental physicist Chien-Shiung Wu. She made significant contributions in nuclear physics and worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium by gaseous diffusion.

Today's #WomeninSTEMWednesday features Chinese-American experimental physicist Chien-Shiung Wu. She made significant contributions in nuclear physics and worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium by gaseous diffusion.

It's a new week! Are you ready to make a difference? #MondayMotivation
08/02/2021

It's a new week! Are you ready to make a difference?
#MondayMotivation

It's a new week! Are you ready to make a difference?
#MondayMotivation

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! Jane Wright was a cancer researcher who came from a family of accomplished medics. Among her...
07/28/2021

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! Jane Wright was a cancer researcher who came from a family of accomplished medics. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Wright developed new techniques for administering cancer chemotherapy and implemented a new comprehensive program to study stroke, heart disease and cancer.

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! Jane Wright was a cancer researcher who came from a family of accomplished medics. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Wright developed new techniques for administering cancer chemotherapy and implemented a new comprehensive program to study stroke, heart disease and cancer.

07/28/2021
Fleet2Go: Egg in a Bottle

Can eggs get squished without cracking? It’s definitely possible! And with the help of air pressure, they can be pushed into a bottle without being touched.

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! Who's ready to play, I mean, research? #MondayMotivation
07/26/2021

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! Who's ready to play, I mean, research?
#MondayMotivation

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! Who's ready to play, I mean, research?
#MondayMotivation

07/22/2021
Break It Down: What's Inside a Microwave Oven?

Have you ever wonder what's inside a microwave oven? We were so curious, we asked physicist, electrical engineer and UCSD professor, Eric Michelsen, to Break It Down for us! Follow along as he guides you through the main components while he takes one apart.

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! This is Sara Josephine Baker, an American physician who spent most of her career focusing on...
07/21/2021

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! This is Sara Josephine Baker, an American physician who spent most of her career focusing on child welfare. She worked with many poor and immigrant mothers across New York and helped decrease infant and maternal mortality rates within these communities.

It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday! This is Sara Josephine Baker, an American physician who spent most of her career focusing on child welfare. She worked with many poor and immigrant mothers across New York and helped decrease infant and maternal mortality rates within these communities.

And everyday is an opportunity for learning. Happy Monday, Fleetsters! #MondayMotivation
07/19/2021

And everyday is an opportunity for learning. Happy Monday, Fleetsters!
#MondayMotivation

And everyday is an opportunity for learning. Happy Monday, Fleetsters!
#MondayMotivation

Happy #Pride2021, San Diego! To celebrate, here’s a video about #PrideinSTEM from our wonderful local scientists.
07/17/2021
Pride in STEM

Happy #Pride2021, San Diego! To celebrate, here’s a video about #PrideinSTEM from our wonderful local scientists.

To celebrate #PrideinSTEM, this FLEETtv After Dark episode features local scientists from the LGBTQ+ community, the science behind rainbow-layered cocktails...

Ellen Ochoa is a former NASA astronaut who became the first Latina to go to space in 1993. She first made the journey on...
07/14/2021

Ellen Ochoa is a former NASA astronaut who became the first Latina to go to space in 1993. She first made the journey on the space shuttle Discovery where she, along with her crew, studied the Sun and its interaction with Earth’s atmosphere. Including her flight on the Discovery, she has been to space a total of four times! How cool is she? #WomeninSTEMWednesday

Ellen Ochoa is a former NASA astronaut who became the first Latina to go to space in 1993. She first made the journey on the space shuttle Discovery where she, along with her crew, studied the Sun and its interaction with Earth’s atmosphere. Including her flight on the Discovery, she has been to space a total of four times! How cool is she? #WomeninSTEMWednesday

07/13/2021
Fleet2Go: How to Make a Windmill

With just a few simple materials, you can experiment with harnessing wind energy while learning how renewable resources are possible!

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! It's a brand new week and anything can happen. #MondayMotivation
07/12/2021

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! It's a brand new week and anything can happen. #MondayMotivation

Happy Monday, Fleetsters! It's a brand new week and anything can happen. #MondayMotivation

Today's #SpaceSunday features separate images of the Earth and the Moon (both taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft) joined...
07/11/2021

Today's #SpaceSunday features separate images of the Earth and the Moon (both taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft) joined together to create this awesome view. What do you think?

Today's #SpaceSunday features separate images of the Earth and the Moon (both taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft) joined together to create this awesome view. What do you think?

07/07/2021
This Is How I STEM: Salsa

Tomatillos, onions, chiles and STEM: the ingredients for the perfect salsa verde! Meet Yanet, Community Engagement Manager at the Fleet, and hear about how she uses STEM in her everyday life, especially while making delicious salsa and trying new tasty recipes.

It's #WomenInSTEMWednesday! Dorothy Hodgkin was an English chemist who received the Nobel Prize for her work involving t...
07/07/2021

It's #WomenInSTEMWednesday! Dorothy Hodgkin was an English chemist who received the Nobel Prize for her work involving the confirmation of the structure of both penicillin and vitamin B12. During her early years, she was one of two girls allowed to study chemistry with the boys at her school. Later, she spent most of her working life teaching chemistry to women at Somerville College in England.

It's #WomenInSTEMWednesday! Dorothy Hodgkin was an English chemist who received the Nobel Prize for her work involving the confirmation of the structure of both penicillin and vitamin B12. During her early years, she was one of two girls allowed to study chemistry with the boys at her school. Later, she spent most of her working life teaching chemistry to women at Somerville College in England.

That's why it's important to keep dreaming. Happy Monday, Fleetsters! #MondayMotivation
07/05/2021

That's why it's important to keep dreaming. Happy Monday, Fleetsters! #MondayMotivation

That's why it's important to keep dreaming. Happy Monday, Fleetsters! #MondayMotivation

Most of us celebrate #IndependenceDay by watching fireworks blasting the night sky, but do you know how this pyrotechnic...
07/04/2021

Most of us celebrate #IndependenceDay by watching fireworks blasting the night sky, but do you know how this pyrotechnic display of colors is possible? Inside the fireworks, there are small packets filled with metal salts and metal oxides that, when ignited, emit energy in a light form to produce the different colors. Happy #FourthofJuly everyone and remember to always stay safe!

Most of us celebrate #IndependenceDay by watching fireworks blasting the night sky, but do you know how this pyrotechnic display of colors is possible? Inside the fireworks, there are small packets filled with metal salts and metal oxides that, when ignited, emit energy in a light form to produce the different colors. Happy #FourthofJuly everyone and remember to always stay safe!

07/03/2021
The Sky Tonight | Fleet Science Center - San Diego, CA

The Sky Tonight planetarium show is back! We know there are thousands of planets in our Milky Way. But, how many of them are habitable? And, are any of them actually inhabited? Tour the cosmos with us in the beautiful Heikoff Giant Dome Theater to find out! The Sky Tonight live planetarium show starts with a tour of this month's night sky, followed by a presentation about life in the universe and habitable worlds. Get your tix today!

Tickets for the planetarium show will ONLY be available for purchase at the Fleet Science Center ticket counter the day of the event. Seating will be limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

06/30/2021
Fleet2Go: How to Make a Whirligig Illusion

Watch as the colors blend like magic with this fun illusion! Sophia from the #BEWiSE program guides you through the steps to create your very own whirligig illusion out of materials you're likely to have at home.

Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician who was considered to be one of NASA's human "computers" and later helpe...
06/30/2021

Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician who was considered to be one of NASA's human "computers" and later helped send astronauts to the Moon and back. Using her own calculations, she figured out paths that spacecraft could take in order to travel around Earth and then towards the moon. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician who was considered to be one of NASA's human "computers" and later helped send astronauts to the Moon and back. Using her own calculations, she figured out paths that spacecraft could take in order to travel around Earth and then towards the moon. #WomeninSTEMWednesday

It's a new week! What kind of difference do you want to make? #MondayMotivation
06/28/2021

It's a new week! What kind of difference do you want to make?
#MondayMotivation

It's a new week! What kind of difference do you want to make?
#MondayMotivation

#DidYouKnow bodies give off a tiny amount of light that’s too weak for the eye to see? This first image shows one of the...
06/25/2021

#DidYouKnow bodies give off a tiny amount of light that’s too weak for the eye to see? This first image shows one of the test subjects in full light. Throughout the day, the body gives off weak emissions of visible light in totally dark conditions, as the color-coded middle image shows. The rightmost image of the subject, captured in infrared wavelengths, shows the heat emissions. #FunFactFriday
Image by: Kyoto University/TIT

#DidYouKnow bodies give off a tiny amount of light that’s too weak for the eye to see? This first image shows one of the test subjects in full light. Throughout the day, the body gives off weak emissions of visible light in totally dark conditions, as the color-coded middle image shows. The rightmost image of the subject, captured in infrared wavelengths, shows the heat emissions. #FunFactFriday
Image by: Kyoto University/TIT

It's International Women in Engineering Day, a day to celebrate all of the amazing #WomeninEngineering. We can't let thi...
06/23/2021

It's International Women in Engineering Day, a day to celebrate all of the amazing #WomeninEngineering. We can't let this day go by without celebrating the wonderful girls in the #BEWiSE program and the amazing role models who show these girls the path to careers in the field. #WomeninSTEM #BEWiSEinspires

06/23/2021
Break It Down: What's Inside a Hairdryer and a Window Fan?

Have you ever wonder what's inside a hairdryer? What about that huge window fan you have at home? Turns out these two are very similar! Ian Kerman guides you through the main components of each one of them as he breaks down a simple hairdryer and a double window fan.

Happy summer, Fleetsters! #ICYMI the summer solstice was on June 20 at exactly 8:32 p.m., when the sun reached its highe...
06/22/2021

Happy summer, Fleetsters! #ICYMI the summer solstice was on June 20 at exactly 8:32 p.m., when the sun reached its highest and northernmost point in the sky. This means that the sun traveled its longest path, taking longer to rise and set, marking the longest day and shortest night of the year.

Happy summer, Fleetsters! #ICYMI the summer solstice was on June 20 at exactly 8:32 p.m., when the sun reached its highest and northernmost point in the sky. This means that the sun traveled its longest path, taking longer to rise and set, marking the longest day and shortest night of the year.

Did someone say #weekend? Embark on a remarkable journey into a land of #grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, humpback...
06/18/2021

Did someone say #weekend? Embark on a remarkable journey into a land of #grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, humpback whales and discover the secret world of the Spirit Bear in Greab Bear Rainforest. Now playing in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet!

Did someone say #weekend? Embark on a remarkable journey into a land of #grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, humpback whales and discover the secret world of the Spirit Bear in Greab Bear Rainforest. Now playing in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet!

06/16/2021
We Make: The EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio

Did you know UC San Diego has a fantastic makerspace? The UC San Diego EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio offers students wonderful opportunities for hands-on experience in prototyping, fabrication and design. This maker studio is where students from all types of engineering—from nanoengineering to structural engineering—visual arts and technology come together to create. Let's check it out!

Yeah, we'll just see ourselves out...Happy Monday, Fleetsters!
06/14/2021

Yeah, we'll just see ourselves out...
Happy Monday, Fleetsters!

Yeah, we'll just see ourselves out...
Happy Monday, Fleetsters!

This image—taken by NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer—is an ultraviolet image showing off the hot dust and gas of the Cygnu...
06/13/2021

This image—taken by NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer—is an ultraviolet image showing off the hot dust and gas of the Cygnus Loop nebula. This nebula can be found about 1,500 light-years away.

This image—taken by NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer—is an ultraviolet image showing off the hot dust and gas of the Cygnus Loop nebula. This nebula can be found about 1,500 light-years away.

The caracal—also known as the desert lynx—is the fastest and largest of the small cats. Usually found in places like Afr...
06/11/2021

The caracal—also known as the desert lynx—is the fastest and largest of the small cats. Usually found in places like Africa and the Middle East, this majestic creature has become well-adapted to dry habitats. These cats prefer to spend their days alone, cooling off in crevices and waiting until cooler evenings to hunt. #FaunaFriday

The caracal—also known as the desert lynx—is the fastest and largest of the small cats. Usually found in places like Africa and the Middle East, this majestic creature has become well-adapted to dry habitats. These cats prefer to spend their days alone, cooling off in crevices and waiting until cooler evenings to hunt. #FaunaFriday

Design is everywhere we look—even in places you might not expect! Our new exhibition, Design Zone, lets you explore math...
06/10/2021
Design Zone | Fleet Science Center - San Diego, CA

Design is everywhere we look—even in places you might not expect! Our new exhibition, Design Zone, lets you explore mathematical concepts used by innovators and creators alike. https://bit.ly/3uvqj3Q

Can you crossfade tracks in a smooth groove? Get bodies moving on the dance floor? How does a high amplitude half-pipe really work? Design is everywhere we look and in everything we do, and math is behind it all.

06/09/2021
Fleet2Go: How to Make a Thaumatrope

Do we always see what we think we see? A thaumatrope is a classical optical illusion that was popular as a toy in the 19th century. Learn how it works and make your own spinning art that tricks your vision!

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Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

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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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