The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater is temporarily closed through the end of October 2023 as we enhance our accommodations for an even more extraordinary experience at the Fleet Science Center.
This Week at the FLEET & Beyond ~ December 4, 2013!
Santa and Chowder Bowls—Holiday Traditions Continue at DECEMBER NIGHTS at the FLEET, This FRIDAY and SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6–7!
Santa Claus is back to hear holiday wishes and pose for pix with the kids from 6PM to 8:30PM! Free admission to the Fleet from 5PM to 9PM lets you play on our fun, hands-on exhibits, including Explor-O-Rama, Block Busters!, Kid City—and see the incredible dancing UAVs in On the Fly: Technology Takes Off. As a holiday treat, catch an incredible IMAX® film or planetarium show in San Diego's only Giant Dome Theater for only $5! Galileo’s Café features festive fare sure to keep Jack Frost from freezing your holiday cheer—chowder or chili in bread bowls, hot apple cider, churros and more! Stellar holiday shopping can be done at the North Star Science Store, with a selection of geek gifts you won't find anywhere else. This year Balboa Park’s newly extended hours—til 11PM—extend the thrill as December Nights offers what families love most: free holiday music and entertainment, dazzling light displays and decorations on the Park’s historic buildings, food from around the globe and holiday cheer on every corner. http://www.rhfleet.org/events/balboa-park-december-nights
December 6; 3PM–11PM & December 7; noon–11PM
Fleet Gallery Admission Free from 5PM to 9PM.
How Does the Sun Affect Weather on the Earth and Other Planets? THE SKY TONIGHT Explores Space Weather and Its Causes, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4!
We all know that the Sun has an effect on the Earth’s environment. We normally think of this in terms of seasons and weather, but did you know the sun has an effect on the space immediately around the Earth and other planets? Join us to learn more about space weather. Our popular monthly live planetarium show of the sky in SD that night reaches a new level of stunning full-color visuals and incredibly realistic simulations of cosmic phenomena with our new state-of-the-art digital GSX™ projection system. A professional astronomer leads backyard stargazers through the universe. Weather and operational requirement permitting, the SD County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park. This is a separate event held on the first Wednesday of each month. http://www.rhfleet.org/events/sky-tonight
December 4; 7:15 PM and 8 PM
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Heikoff Giant Dome Theater
Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10;
Nonmembers: Adults $17, Seniors $15, Children $14
What Is the Biology of Cancer? EXPLORING ETHICS Examines Old Paradigms and New Clinical Trials, Themed to the Pulitzer-Prize Winning Book Emperor of All Maladies on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4!
UCSD’s Razelle Kurzrock will discuss breakthroughs in genomics and targeting therapies revolutionizing the practice of oncology. In conjunction with the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, the Fleet welcomes guests to encounter science from an ethical viewpoint; brings together community leaders of various backgrounds to examine current scientific issues from diverse perspectives; and invites the public to explore with them how science can best serve society. Registration required: (858) 822-2647 / firstname.lastname@example.org
December 4; 5:30PM–7 PM
William & Grayson Boehm Community Forum at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
The FLEET Represents at MINI MAKER FAIRE This SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, with the TINKERING STUDIO and MATH ORIGAMI EXERCISE!
San Diego Mini Maker Faire is a one-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people who like to tinker and love to make things. We call them Makers. The Fleet will be presenting the Tinkering Studio, where participants will be able to create sculptures and contraptions from bits of paper, plastic and other materials. They can then test their creation in the vertical wind tunnel to experiment with drag and aerodynamics to make their own flying machine. Tinkering Studio Coordinator Bruce Gemmell’s Art Science Complex will exhibit their Math-Origami Exercise, demonstrating the value of folding as a vast enterprise that has implications in art, science, mathematics and technology. It’s also fun!
Saturday, December 7; 10AM to 6PM
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard Del Mar, CA 92014
$7–$10 (plus processing fee)
Tickets available: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-mini-maker-faire-tickets-tickets-8...
GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World is Almost Here! Media Are Invited to Meet Exhibition Creator HP NEWQUIST for a Sneak Peek at Its Installation!
Starting December 11, there’s a unique and unparalleled media opportunity at the Fleet—as National Guitar Museum Executive Director and founder, HP Newquist, oversees the installation of our new exhibition: GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World. Newquist created it, and along with Fleet Exhibits Director Paul Siboroski, will be happy to grant a sneak peek—and personal tour—of this amazing exhibition as it takes shape in the Upstairs Rotunda Gallery, prior to its West Coast premiere on Friday, December 20. “The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” says Newquist, an award-winning author, documentary director, broadcast producer, and the former Editor-in-Chief of GUITAR Magazine. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks and sports cars.” With 60+ guitars and 100+ historical artifacts, visitors are immersed in the heart of music through the powerful lens of science. How do you set up a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5 foot-long guitar? Discover how the selection of different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create an elaborate device that has revolutionized music. Learn all about the science of pitch and tone. This is a rare chance to experience how the pieces of an exhibition are put together to create the science, sound, history and cultural impact of the guitar from the man who gathered instruments ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative—along with hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens, performance video, audio, stunning images and photographs. Come learn from one of our foremost national experts what makes this exhibit so special! http://www.rhfleet.org/exhibitions/guitar
Wednesday, December 11—Thursday, December 19
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
By advance arrangement only, call Susan Chicoine at 619 325-9416 or email email@example.com
Are You POWER Hungry? Join Us at Family Science Saturdays and Discover How Strong YOU Are—Every Saturday in DECEMBER!
Power can be imagined as the amount of work done in a given time. How much power can you generate, and how will it be expressed? Using the many apparatuses in the Tinkering Studio, we invite our visitors to demonstrate their abilities in power generation. The last Saturday of each month, Challenge Saturday, culminates in visitor contests as well!
December 7/14/21/28; 1PM–3PM
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Tinkering Studio
Activities included with admission
December Brings More IMAX! Adventures In Wild California Plays Daily, and Rolling Stones at the MAX Will Rock Your Holidays at 7PM, December 26–January 5 only!
Adventures In Wild California illustrates how the beauty and majesty of the state’s many wild places help inspire California’s unique cultural and adventurous spirit. Careen down an icy, steep face with snowboarders; swim through the ocean with otters and their surrogate human mother; excavate the very heart of a 300-foot tall Sequoia with botanists and emerge from under the spray of one of California’s biggest, surfable waves.
Rolling Stones at the MAX features their highly acclaimed Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour. The Stones’ electrifying performance includes classics like “Satisfaction” and “Brown Sugar,” as well as “Rock & A Hard Place” and “Start Me Up.” Recorded and shot on location in Turin, Berlin and London, Rolling Stones at the MAX sees the band making history once again. The film features some of the band’s greatest hits from the preceding three decades. This is a 90-minute film that will be shown with a 15-minute intermission. No passes, vouchers, coupons or discounts may be used for screenings of this film.
Holiday schedule: 7PM, December 26–January 5 only.
Adventures In Wild California, starts December 6 weekends only, daily December 26–January 5
Rolling Stones at the MAX December 26–January 5 7PM
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Heikoff Giant Dome Theater
Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10;
Nonmembers: Adults $17, Seniors $15, Children $14
Give the GIFT of the FLEET! Gift Cards Can be Used for GUITAR, an Amazing Film, SCIENCE on the ROCKS—Anything Your Personal Geek Sweetheart Chooses!
Give a gift card from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to say Happy Holidays, or any message of appreciation you wish to convey! Got a gift card? Lucky you! You can redeem it for IMAX film tickets, Exhibit Gallery admission, tasty treats in Galileo’s Café or educational and entertaining gifts from the Fleet’s North Star Science Store. Purchase yours today at the main ticket counter, Galileo’s Café or the North Star Science Store during business hours. You can even check your balance online.
Anytime you want to make someone happy!
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
As much as you want, minimum $5
“On the Fly: Technology Takes Off” (through December 31, 2013)
“Explor-O-Rama—Get Your Hands On Science” (through June 1, 2014)
“Tinkering Studio” (ongoing)
“Cellular Journey” (ongoing)
“Block Busters!” (ongoing)
“Kid City” (ongoing)
“San Diego’s Water: From Source to Tap” (ongoing)
“Aging for All Ages” (ongoing)
“Origins in Space” (ongoing)
“Gallery of Illusions & Perceptions” (ongoing)
GIANT DOME THEATER SHOWS:
For a Full Schedule of Shows and Times:
Cosmic Collisions––A spectacular immersive theater experience, narrated by award-winning actor, director and producer Robert Redford. Featuring stunning images from space and breathtaking visualizations based on cutting-edge scientific data—revealing the unimaginable, explosive encounters that shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on Earth and continue to transform our galaxy and dynamic universe. (Ends 1/19/14)
MYSTERIES of the UNSEEN WORLD provides you with an incredible view of things that are normally too slow, too fast, too small or too vast for the human eye to see. The film's innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology result in larger-than-life images that are stunning to see on the 76-foot Heikoff Giant Dome Theater screen. From the powerful thread of a spider’s web to the slow-motion shatter and splatter of a dropped pitcher of milk, Mysteries of the Unseen World invites you to look at the world in a whole new way. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Deep Sea––Embark on a gorgeous underwater expedition with Del Mar’s own veteran underwater filmmakers and ocean explorers, Howard and Michele Hall. You will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Moviegoers come face to face with these underwater inhabitants to witness their peculiar and amazing behavior as they rely on one another for survival. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman.
Adventures In Wild California illustrates how the beauty and majesty of the state’s many wild places help inspire California’s unique cultural and adventurous spirit. Audiences will careen down an icy, steep face with snowboarders; swim through the ocean with otters and their surrogate human mother; excavate the very heart of a 300-foot tall Sequoia with botanists, and emerge from under the spray of one of California’s biggest, surfable waves. Profiled in Wild California are some of the state’s most passionate adventurers, including skysurfer Troy Hartman, captured on film by freefall cameraman Joe Jennings; snowboarder Bryan Iguchi; Sequoia tree scientist Dr. Stephen Sillett; Maverick’s surfer Jeff Clark; sea otter aquarist Sue Campbell; and bald eagle conservationist Peter Sharpe.
Locals and tourists alike will find the majesty of the Golden State awe-inspiring. From making a daring aerial landing on a bald eagle’s next, to walking high above the waters of San Francisco Bay with ironworkers who perform upkeep on the Golden Gate Bridge, audiences will be transported to many of the state’s natural and man-made wonders on a virtual expedition. The heart-pounding imagery recreates an experience of California’s furthest edges few will ever have first-hand.
Rolling Stones at the MAX features the band performing during their highly acclaimed Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour. The Stones’ electrifying performance includes classics like “Satisfaction” and “Brown Sugar,” as well as “Rock & A Hard Place” and “Start Me Up.” Recorded in Europe and shot on location in Turin, Berlin and London, Rolling Stones at the MAX sees the band making history once again. The film features some of the band’s greatest hits from the preceding three decades. This is a 90-minute film that will be shown with a 15-minute intermission. No passes, vouchers, coupons or discounts may be used for screenings of this film. Holiday schedule: 7PM, December 26–January 5 only.
If you would like complimentary media tickets to visit the exhibitions or see an IMAX film or Planetarium show, please contact Susan Chicoine directly with your request: firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 685-5743 or (619) 325-9416/cell. Let me know what date works for you and how many you need, and I will leave passes at the will-call window in your name.
First Wednesday of month: 10AM–8PM
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10AM–6PM
Tinkering Studio hours: noon–5PM
HOLIDAY HOURS—Thursday, December 26–Sunday, January 5
Daily, Monday–Sunday: 10AM–7PM
Concert Film December 26–January 5 7PM
GALLERY ADMISSION (access to all eight exhibit galleries):
Members free; Nonmembers: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children $11
GIANT DOME THEATER ADMISSION (1 film or 1 planetarium show + access to all eight exhibit galleries):
Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10;
Nonmembers: Adults $17, Seniors $15, Children $14
“The Sky Tonight” Live Planetarium Show ADMISSION
Members: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $10;
Nonmembers: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $12
Senior Monday ADMISSION: now $8 for seniors 65+
Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION
Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $9; Nonmembers: Adults/Seniors/Children $10
Add a Second Show
Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $6; Nonmembers:
PUBLIC CONTACT INFORMATION:
Phone: (619) 238-1233
Address: 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Other Great Events Coming Up in DECEMBER & JANUARY:
DECEMBER 14—Saturday Science Club for Girls: Chemistry of Cosmetics. Discover how chemists determine the ingredients for new cosmetics. Perform scientific tests on product samples and mix up your own concoction to take home! Girls in grades 5–8 can join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. 12 noon–2PM; members $12, nonmembers $14; must pre-register by calling (619) 238-1233 x806.
DICIEMBRE 15—IMAX® en Español Aventuras Salvajes en California. Siga los peces dientes de sable, los tiburones prehistóricos, calamares gigantes y otras criaturas extrañas del período cretáceo mientras viaja 80 millones de años atrás a un momento en que Kansas fue parte de un gran mar interior. Aventuras Salvajes en California es una expedición virtual que te deslizara desde las montañas junto con snowboarders, girando por los aires de San Diego con skysurfers, nadando los océanos junto con las nutrias, excavando desde treinta metros de altura hasta el corazón de Sequoias gigantes acompañados de botánicos, y surfeando las olas de California. IMAX en Español te da la oportunidad para ti y toda la familia de disfrutar películas en Español, también contamos con audífonos sin costo adicional para quienes deseen escuchar el audio en Español de las películas que se presentan con el audio original en Ingles. Varias de nuestras exhibiciones tienen textos y explicaciones en Español. Domingo, 4PM. Precios (una película y entrada a las galerías): Miembros: Adultos $13, Adultos mayores $11, Niños $10, No miembros: Adultos $17, Mayores $15, Niños $14
DECEMBER 20––West Coast premiere of GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World, a new exhibition that has it all: Music. Technology. Science. Video. History. Pop culture. Games. Entertainment. This exhibition presents visitors with an engaging, entertaining, educational and hands-on experience with one of the most important icons in history: the guitar. The guitar is the single most enduring icon in American history. This fully immersive exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past 400 years to the science of creating sound with wood and steel. Visitors will experience the science, sound, history and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains more than 60 instruments—ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative—along with performance video, audio, hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens, stunning images and photographs. Through April 6, 2014. For more information go to: http://www.rhfleet.org/exhibitions/guitar.
DECEMBER 23 & 27––Rock & Roll Winter Camp. Start your winter vacation off with a BANG! Investigate sound waves, create your own instrument and explore 60+ different and unique guitars in the newly opened exhibition—Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World. School’s out for winter break, and there’s no better place to spend the days than at the Fleet for fun days dedicated to hands-on science explorations for Grades 1–2 and 3–4. Sign up for one or both days. To register, please contact our Client Services Department at 619-238-1233, ext. 806. Members $45/day, nonmembers $50/day.
Monday, December 23: Instrument Extravaganza. Tune into sound science by exploring vibrations and sound waves! Make “roaring cups,” kazoos and other totally cool instruments out of everyday objects.
Friday, December 27: Guitar Guru. Learn the science behind building guitars. Explore techniques that make guitars look and sound different. Use these tips and tricks to make your very own cardboard guitar!
DECEMBER 30–JANUARY 3––Young Engineers Winter Camp.
Grab your hard hat and join us for full-day camps devoted to the science of engineering and construction. Engineer tall towers, wide bridges and super strong pyramids! Tinker with simple machines to make your own crazy contraption. Let your creativity go wild! School’s out for winter break, and there’s no better place to spend the days than at the Fleet for fun days dedicated to hands-on science explorations for Grades 1–2 and 3–4. Sign up for one, multiple or all five days, and make sure to check out our Young Engineers camp the following week! To register, please contact our Client Services Department at 619-238-1233, ext. 806. Members $45/day, nonmembers $50/day.
Monday, December 30: Mega Structures. Use the KEVA planks in our “Block Busters” exhibition to design the tallest tower or build the longest bridge. Return to the classroom to build castles, boats and super-strong pyramids out of unexpected materials.
Tuesday, December 31: Invention Day. Don’t miss the pre-New Year’s count down at 12:00pm—campers will invent their own noise makers and flashing devices to bring in the New Year! After the party, campers will invent a solution to the egg drop challenge!
Wednesday, January 1: Motion Commotion. Discover how to build wind-powered boats, balloon-powered cars, chemical-powered rockets and much more. No electricity required!
Thursday, January 2: Tinkering Day. Have you ever wondered how a toaster toasts or what a computer looks like on the inside? Get ready to disassemble and tinker with household objects in this hands-on class. Tools provided – just bring your imagination!
Friday, January 3: High Flying Creations. Take your imagination to new heights by engineering planes, gliders and rockets. Make object soar high the sky and learn the art of floating objects using wind tunnels.
DECEMBER 30–JANUARY 3––Computer Programming Winter Camps.
Students in grades 4-6 are invited to join us two week-long, half-day camps devoted to computer programming, in partnership with ThoughtSTEM. Explore two different programming languages and approaches to computing. Sign up for morning, afternoon or both. To register, please contact our Client Services Department at 619-238-1233, ext. 806. Members $300/week, nonmembers $325/week.
Mornings: Scratch Camp. Program your own video game!
Afternoons: Arduino Camp. Use Arduino circuit boards to design your own invention.
Event information subject to change.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Susan Chicoine: Public Relations Manager
email@example.com 619.325.9416/Cell | 619.685.5743/Office
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101