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Don't Try This at Home returns to the Fleet Science Center for a limited time

The popular series of live science demonstrations that are too messy, too noisy and too hair-raising to try at home!

January 06, 2018


San Diego--For a limited time only, the Fleet Science Center welcomes back Don't Try This at Home, a series of live shows that explore all the science that's too messy, too noisy and too hair-raising to do at home! Hurry in to see it, because the shows will run only from Saturday, January 20, to Sunday, February 4, in the main gallery of the Fleet Science Center.


Attendees will witness the messy combination of a leaf blower and a roll of toilet paper and, if they're brave enough, participate in the Chain of Pain, to see how shocking science can truly be! Don't Try This at Home is fun for all ages, and it's a great way to learn about science.


Come see the amazing science for yourself! Visitors can enjoy multiple shows throughout the day, with one show performed each hour, live, on stage, providing plenty of opportunities to experience Don't Try This at Home. The live science shows are included with admission, so there's no extra charge to see multiple outrageous shows. Each show lasts approximately 15 thrilling minutes and accommodates about 100 courageous viewers. Don't Try This at Home ... but DO hurry! Don't Try This at Home is back at the Fleet for just two short weeks.


Special note to teachers: Did you know that you can bring Don't Try This at Home to your school? Visit the Fleet's Science Assembly Shows page to learn more!


For more information, visit:http://www.fleetscience.org/exhibitions/dont-try-home


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To schedule a media preview or live, in-studio demonstration ofDon't Try This at Home, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Manager Karla Nafarrate at 619-685-5743 or knafarrate@rhfleet.org.


Images for Don't Try This at Home are available on the Fleet's Press Images page: www.fleetscience.org/press-room/images/exhibitions




Below are descriptions of demonstrations that can be performed specifically for television and other media outlets. Demonstrations can be performed in studio or here at the Fleet. All demonstrations can be conducted in under four minutes and participation from the on-air personalities will be encouraged. Our demonstrators will be able to explain the science behind each demonstration, too.


The Toilet Paper Gun: See what happens when a roll of toilet paper is combined with a leaf blower. I'll give you a hint: it's messy! This demonstration shows how air pressure can be used to have fun and make a mess. The demonstration can be conducted at the Fleet or in a television studio. It requires a power outlet and cleanup is easy.


The Cloud Explosion: Liquid nitrogen is mixed with hot water to create an explosion of liquid vapor, followed by a stunning cloud that will flow out of its container and spread an eerie fog all over your studio. This experiment can be performed safely indoors or outdoors. It may lead to some liquid splashing, so outdoors is preferable. Access to hot water is required. Clean up is minimal.


Ping Pong Ball Explosion: A two-liter soda bottle containing liquid nitrogen is buried in a bucket of ping pong balls until the pressure in the soda bottle causes it to burst. There is a very LOUD explosion, followed by ping pong balls flying EVERYWHERE. This spectacular demonstration can be performed indoors, outdoors or here at the Fleet. Due to the noise and the mess it is suggested that news crews come to experience this demonstration at the Fleet.



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. 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 offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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