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Experience the Impossible Science Festival at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Featuring 20+ hands-on demonstrations of how the impossible can be made possible with science, the Impossible Science Festival takes place August 22 and 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fleet exhibit galleries.

August 05, 2015

San DiegoJoin the Fleet's Curator of Impossible Science, Jason Latimer, as he hosts the first ever Impossible Science Festival, taking place at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on August 22 and 23, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question "what is possible?" and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.


"The goal of the Impossible Science Festival is to promote education through curiosity," said Jason Latimer, host and designer of the Impossible Science Festival. "By exploring subjects that seem impossible but showing how they can be made possible through science, visitors will have a memorable, hands-on learning experience that will blow their minds!"


The event will be based around five themes: invisibility, levitation, animation, transformation and super powers, and each theme incorporates demonstrations that festival attendees will be able to observe or try for themselves. For invisibility, attendees will be able to use the refractive properties of Pyrex to make objects disappear in corn oil. They can also learn how to manipulate lighta precursor to invisibilityusing a laser pen and tonic water, and make the invisible come to life with a homemade laser microscope.


To experience levitation, visitors can investigate how concepts like the Bernoulli principle, static electricity and air pressure can make objects like ping pong balls, tinsel or even screwdrivers appear to levitate!


At the animation stations, festival attendees will use static electricity to make tissue paper dance, surface tension to make objects scoot along a water surface and sound waves to make a toothpick dance across a wine glass. They can also learn how a battery, a magnet and a screw can be designed to make a small motor.


The transformation stations will show attendees how to make a square bubble or a fireproof balloon. And visitors can harness their own super powers when they create energy from pennies or simulate walking on water with liquid Oobleck.


The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the upstairs galleries of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. In all there will be more than 20 interactive demonstration stations for visitors to experience and five "make it, take it" stations where attendees can make their own impossible science creations to take home.


"The only thing separating magic from science is the understanding of the situation. Anything we don't understand is magic ... which is why the right question changes everything," said Latimer. "The world was not shaped by its answers; it was shaped by its questions--and that next question could come from any of us."


If Jason Latimer looks familiar, it's because he is one of the judges, along with Penn & Teller, on Syfy's magic competition TV series, "Wizard Wars." As a physicist and three-time World Champion of Magic, Jason's research and university lectures on the topics of invisibility, teleportation, transformation and making other "impossibilities" possible through applied science have gathered recognition in science and education communities around the world.


"For more than forty years, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has been a place of inspiration for countless San Diegans," said Dr. Steven Snyder, CEO of the Fleet Science Center. "Now with the Impossible Science Festival and Jason as our Curator of Impossible Science, we look forward to inspiring countless others to imagine how they can apply science to make today's impossibilities into tomorrow's realities."


Admission to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on August 22 and 23 will include access to all of the Impossible Science Festival activities, as well as the Fleet's interactive exhibits, including CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top, and one IMAX® film. $21.95 adults, $19.95 seniors and $18.95 children 3-12. Children ages 2 and younger receive free admission.


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More information about the Impossible Science Festival:




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To schedule a media preview or live, in-studio demonstration by Jason Latimer, or to arrange for media tickets to the festival, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or nyoung@rhfleet.org.


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Select Videos of Demonstrations Featured at the Festival


Invisibility: Explore optics and principals of refraction with wine glass optics.




Levitation: Screwdriver levitation using air pressure.




Levitation: Seal water in an upside down container with a ping pong ball.




Animation: Experiments show how surface tension can cause objects to move.




Animation: Animate a toothpick using sound.




Transformation: Create square bubbles.




Super Powers: Walk on liquid with Oobleck.





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Videos of Jason Latimer


Jason Latimer escapes from being handcuffed and submerged in the Thames River in London:




Jason Latimer performs a disappearing card trick on ice:




Jason Latimer levitates his assistant:




Jason Latimer performs a world-record card trick with David Hasselhoff:




Jason Latimer shapes water into solid objects:




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About Jason Latimer


Jason Latimer has spent his entire life wondering about one question: "What is possible?" In the pursuit of answering that childhood question, Latimer's ongoing education spans multiple fields of science, including mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology and economics. Jason's research, work and performances have ushered in an entirely new genre of magic and illusion for the twenty-first century, rooted in applied sciences. Today, Latimer has stolen the spotlight as "the greatest magician working today" (Parade Magazine). His current role as judge alongside the extraordinary Penn & Teller on Syfy's "Wizard Wars" allows him the opportunity to reach millions of people all over the world, while his lectures, keynotes, and TEDx Talk inspires countless minds to "See Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge." As a magician, Latimer's resume includes seventeen consecutive championship titles and awards for his work, including the highest honor the world of magic can bestow on an individual, the title of "The Grand Prix 'Best Overall' World Champion of Magic" and recent championship win of the BBC One's six live specials, "The Magicians." As a scientist, Latimer's work inspires education through wonder and curiosity. With numerous international television specials and appearances, Latimer's infectious love for the unknown is inspiring millions around the world to join in and ask, "What is possible?" For more information, visit www.jasonlatimer.com.



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.