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Young Scientists

Preschool Science Program


Registration is Open!

Back and In-Person

Enjoy hands-on science with your young scientist. Each four-week session provides developmentally appropriate, informal learning experiences that support and enhance exploration, create excitement and facilitate scientific discoveries. The program is designed for children ages 3–5 years old with an accompanying adult. Participants must register for all four classes in each session. Our in-person sessions meet on Thursdays or Saturdays from 9 a.m.–10 a.m. and include access to the exhibit galleries after the program.

Virtual Young Scientists - Continuing by Popular Demand

The Fleet Science Center is continuing to offer its early childhood program online for families to continue their learning experiences that enhance exploration and create excitement together with children ages 3-5 from the comfort of home.  Our virtual programs will take place on Saturdays from 11a.m.-12p.m. Registration in our four 4-week virtual program includes:

  • Prepackaged materials ranging from craft supplies to specialty items packed by our Science Educators

  • Weekly video content that set the challenge and provide strategies to make caregiver confident in facilitating these activities.

  • Designated live and virtual weekly meeting meetings with your Science Educator

  • Access to an interactive and social community to keep everyone connected and engaged throughout the session.

Additional information regarding Young Scientists can be found on our Youth Programs Policies and FAQ page. For more information about virtual programs and material distribution please click here

For questions about the Young Scientists program, please contact us at (619) 238-1233, ext. 806 


Pricing and Registration

In Person Sessions

  • Members $75 per session
  • Nonmembers $85 per session

ONSITE

 

Virtual Sessions

  • Members $60 per session
  • Nonmembers $70 per session

VIRTUAL

Topics and Dates 

Session 1: Mighty Meteorologists

Explore why weather changes and learn about the tools meteorologists use to investigate rainstorms, tornados, snow and other weather of the world.

Thursday

Saturday

Virtual

9/9/2021

9/11/2021

9/11/2021

9/16/2021

9/18/2021

9/18/2021

9/23/2021

9/25/2021

9/25/2021

9/30/2021

10/2/2021

10/2/2021

 

Session 2: Spook-takular Science

Get into the spirit! Discover fascinating facts about some not so creepy and crawly creatures, pumpkin dissection and sucrose science.

Thursday

Saturday

SOLD OUT

Virtual

10/7/2021

10/9/2021

10/9/2021

10/14/2021

10/16/2021

10/16/2021

10/21/2021

10/23/2021

10/23/2021

10/28/2021

10/30/2021

10/30/2021

 

Session 3: Energy Everywhere

Where does energy come from? Join us to investigate the many different forms of energy, including light, sound, electrical, thermal and more.

Thursday

Saturday

Virtual

11/4/2021

11/6/2021

11/6/2021

11/11/2021

11/13/2021

11/13/2021

11/18/2021

11/20/2021

11/20/2021

12/2/2021

11/27/2021

11/27/2021

* please note, there is no Young Scientists on Thanksgiving; November 25, 2021

 

Session 4: Big Blue Ocean

Investigate the murky depths of the deep blue sea, including fantastic creatures, ocean chemistry and more.

Thursday

Saturday

Virtual

1/6/2022

1/8/2022

1/8/2022

1/13/2022

1/15/2022

1/15/2022

1/20/2022

1/22/2022

1/22/2022

1/27/2022

1/29/2022

1/29/2022

 

Session 5: Astronomy Adventures

Explore the mysteries of space! We’ll learn about the planets and replicate some of the tools that scientists use to understand our solar system.

Thursday

Saturday

Virtual

2/3/2022

2/5/2022

2/5/2022

2/10/2022

2/12/2022

2/12/2022

2/17/2022

2/19/2022

2/19/2022

2/24/2022

2/26/2022

2/26/2022

 

Session 6: Making Music

Discover the science of sound and design your own instrument to take home.

Thursday

Saturday

Virtual

3/3/2022

3/5/2022

3/5/2022

3/10/2022

3/12/2022

3/12/2022

3/17/2022

3/19/2022

3/19/2022

3/24/2022

3/26/2022

3/26/2022

 

Session 7: Tinkering Lab

Get ready to design, invent and build. All the tools you’ll need with be provided. Just bring your imagination! 

Thursday

Saturday

Virtual

4/7/2022

4/9/2022

4/9/2022

4/14/2022

4/16/2022

4/16/2022

4/21/2022

4/23/2022

4/23/2022

4/28/2022

4/30/2022

4/30/2022

 

Session 8: Kid Chemistry

Explore the world of chemistry by creating chemical compounds, analyzing acids and bases, making things glow and whipping up new recipes.

Thursday

Saturday

Virtual

5/5/2022

5/7/2022

5/7/2022

5/12/2022

5/14/2022

5/14/2022

5/19/2022

5/21/2022

5/21/2022

5/26/2022

5/28/2022

5/28/2022

 

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Curbside pick-up for materials for each session will be available on at the Fleet Science Center from 9:30-10:00a.m. and 3:00-3:30p.m. on the Monday before the start of the new session. Pick-up will be located at the Business Entrance on the south side of the building, adjacent to the parking lot. To get to the South entrance from Park Boulevard, turn on Space Theater Way and make an immediate right into the parking lot adjacent to the building. The Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.

Shipping is available! To have your materials shipped to you for an additional $35/session, please contact our Education Coordinator at (619) 238-1233, ext. 847. Shipping will occur on the same day as material pick up.


Has your Young Scientist graduated from the program and looking for more science fun?

Students in grades 1–4 can join our Junior Science Club. Join us on the third Thursday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Sessions will be filled with new challenges, hands-on activities and interaction with local scientists.

To learn about our upcoming topics and dates, please see our Science Club page.

Please view our policies here.