SAN DIEGO—Since 1973, the Fleet Science Center has connected San Diegans to the power of science, and 2023 has seen a yearlong celebration of all the Fleet has been, is, and will be. 

On Tuesday, December 5 at 10:15 a.m., the Fleet invites all of San Diego to cap off the 50th Anniversary celebrations with a Jump for Science

Educators, students, community partners and all kinds of San Diegans will join the Fleet in this jump, both at the Fleet’s flagship Balboa Park location and at locations such as schools and organizations across San Diego County. We will see if we can create measurable seismic waves. Of course, the DIY earthquake would be small, not causing any damage.

What’s happening at the Fleet

  • The countdown clock starts ticking at 10 a.m., 15 minutes before the big jump. Everyone will prepare seismographs and get ready to take the leap in celebration of science, community, and 50 years of the Fleet Science Center
  • Fleet visitors can enjoy an exclusive screening of Dream Big in the newly renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. This inspiring film explores the wonders of engineering and innovation. 
  • The Fleet makerspace Studio X will offer an exciting shake table activity that lets makers explore engineering as they build and test your structures. 
  • Little ones can enjoy Kid City for a captivating book reading. Immerse young minds in the joy of science and learning. 
  • Community partners will be onsite to do thrilling science demonstrations. 

What’s happening throughout San Diego County 

  • Whether at home, school, the library or anywhere else in San Diego, San Diegans can join the Fleet’s celebration. 
  • Community members can receive a kit with materials and instructions to build seismographs, access to the Fleet’s countdown clock, and additional resources for learning more about earthquakes and STEM. 

Throughout 2023, the Fleet has celebrated and commemorated its 50 years with events, including

The Fleet Science Center looks forward to the next 50 years of realizing a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science. 

For Media
Please join us at the Fleet Science Center on December 5 at 10 a.m. to Jump for Science!

To learn more, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Specialist Suzanne Sanders at (619) 238-1233 ext. 804 or  
Información y entrevistas en español también están disponibles para los medios necesarios.

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About the Fleet Science Center
Since 1973, the Fleet Science Center has been a central link between science, schools and scientific organizations, collaborating with the communities that call San Diego County home. Its mission is simple yet bold: to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science. The organization delivers on this mission through engaging experiences and culturally driven education programs in neighborhoods throughout the county and the historic Balboa Park flagship location. The Fleet creates places of inspiration by collaborating with communities to support and grow STEM talent in San Diego. From interactive exhibits and school field trips to free science programs, the Fleet is forward-thinking and consistently evolving to create positive change in the world. To learn more, visit  

About Balboa Park
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urban-cultural 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

Group of people at the Fleet Science Center