Explore Aerodynamics and Flight Technology in Our Newest Exhibition: ON THE FLY: Technology Takes Off, Making its World Premiere on FRIDAY, AUGUST 2!



On the Fly features multiple daily performances by small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), complemented by interactive stations where visitors can create flying objects of their own and then test them out using wind tubes or a motorized airplane launcher. A digital media kiosk highlights current events involving unmanned flight technology and its uses.

The UAVs take flight in a temporary arena in the Main Gallery—hovering, moving, reassembling and reshaping the space. The entire performance is controlled by a laptop. This fascinating display highlights the unique characteristics of the UAVs and how they fly, using magnetometers, pressure sensors, ultrasound sensors, gyroscopes rotors and motors.

After enjoying the show, you can apply the principles of aerodynamics to create your own aircraft in On the Fly. The Fleet provides all the supplies, and you provide your creativity in crafting a flying object. See how well your creation takes flight by testing it out in a wind tube or sending it into the sky with the motorized airplane launcher.

Hurry into the Fleet, and enjoy this exhibition before it takes off at the end of the year!


New exhibition opens Friday, August 2, and runs through December 31, 2013


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Participation is included with gallery admission.



The Fleet’s 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival Continues With a Trip to YELLOWSTONE; Then Swims With DOLPHINS!



The fan fave IMAX® films have proven to be a hit with Fleet audiences, and will continue to play twice a day* throughout the summer! Yellowstone will play from Friday, July 12, through Thursday, July 18. This marvelous trip through the national park showcases the spectacular beauty, dramatic geothermal activity and wildlife unique to this region, from sunrise over the Grand Tetons to a trip inside Old Faithful.

From Friday, July 19, through Thursday, July 25, take the plunge with the Academy Award-nominated Dolphins. From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, enjoy an underwater romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin of Flipper fame.

The Film Festival continues with Adventures in Wild California (July 26–August 1); Mysteries of Egypt (August 2–8); Everest (August 9–15); Coral Reef Adventure (August 16–22); Lewis & Clark (August 23–29); Grand Canyon Adventure (August 30–September 2). Continuing to play are our popular IMAX films Flight of the Butterflies, To the Arctic and Rocky Mountain Express, and planetarium show Cosmic Collisions. Hubble returns July 22 for IMAX® en Español, an opportunity for our bilingual visitors to enjoy IMAX films in Spanish. *In some cases, i.e., if we close early for a special event, a film may play only once during the day.



Film Festival: July 5 through September 5!

Hubble IMAX® en Español: Sunday, July 22, at 4PM



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater


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

Film Festival Fan Pack—5 tickets for $65 (Festival films only)




Find Out If You Can Change the World as We Know It! The Challenges Continue at FAMILY SCIENCE SATURDAYS in JULY With Bio-INSPIRATION!



Bio-Inspiration involves studying designs and processes found in nature and attempting to imitate these systems to solve human problems. We will explore Bio-Inspiration by scientifically analyzing our own experiences and imaginations. We’ll draw and build models to see what structures, processes and principles emerge and how they might be applied to human pursuits. You might even find a way to create or revolutionize an industry and change the world as we know it. Not a bad pastime for a Saturday afternoon. Note: this subject has been changed.



Saturday, July 13/20/27; 1PM–3PM



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Activities included with admission.



X-Men Unite! It’s DNA Day With the Salk Institute, All About Mutant Flies; and It’s Embrace Your Geekness Day! Saturday Afternoon, JULY 13!


Join us and scientists from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and experience the excitement of scientific discovery. Get a close-up view of some real mutant fruit flies.  Learn about the strange-but-true things that can happen in the realm of genetics. You can also learn about genes and mutations as you participate in a fun and educational hands-on activity.



Saturday, July 13; 12noon–3PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Activities included with admission.



Head North and Meet Fleet Space Geek Team Members in Oceanside on JULY 13! Astronomy Fans From Across the Region Are Attending the 9th Annual Southern California Astronomy Expo (SCAE), and So Are We!



Resident astronomer Dr. Lisa Will & Education Manager of School Programs Jason Hammond will staff a booth at the Astronomy Expo at Oceanside Photo & Telescope for 500–700 avid astronomers. Fleet activities will include Ask An Astronomer—anything you want to know about the stars, planets, moons, asteroids or comets in our solar system. Jason will create a comet from common (well, mostly) household items at 11AM, 1PM & 3PM, a very unique demonstration. Play Meteorites and Meteor-wrong—can you tell the difference between a meteorite and an ordinary Earth rock? Come by and check out the varying characteristics––and hold a piece of space that is up to 4.5 billion years old! Let our amazing interactive globe, Magic Planet, transport you to other worlds, eras, times and events—see the surface of Mars or the atmospheric conditions of Jupiter, or the Earth at night as viewed from outer space. Fun for all!



Saturday, July 13; 10AM–5PM


Oceanside Photo & Telescope (918 Mission Ave, Oceanside CA 92054)  





Ready for Some High-Flying Fun? Join Us JULY 13 for Saturday Science Club for Girls’ AEROSPACE CHALLENGE!



Learn about the principles of flight by building gliders and rockets. Girls in grades 5–8 can join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Each Saturday session is filled with new challenges, hands-on activities and interaction with local women scientists. Throughout the year, we explore an array of fields, including biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics, robotics and much more! (Stinky little brothers and other troublesome boys can join in if they like!)



Saturday, July 13; 12noon–2PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Members $12, nonmembers $14; must pre-register by calling (619) 238-1233 x806.



“On the Fly: Technology Takes Off” (August 2-December 31, 2013)

Explor-O-Rama—Get Your Hands On Science” (through June 1, 2014)

“Nano: Imagine and Discover a World You Can’t See!”  (ongoing)

Tinkering Studio”  (ongoing)

“Cellular Journey” (ongoing)

“Block Busters!” (ongoing)

“So WATT! An Illuminating Look at Energy” (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)



For a Full Schedule of Shows and Times:

Daily Schedule


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.



Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. Spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive immerse audiences in this remarkable story form the age of steam.


Flight of the Butterflies—The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. It weighs less than a penny, yet it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. You’ll join the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey while following an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, an award-winning production team, a true scientific mystery, and hundreds of millions of real butterflies, Flight of the Butterflies soars on the giant IMAX® Dome screen.


To The Arctic—An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, a compelling tale of survival, with global implications. A mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Captivating, adventurous, and intimate footage of their struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, audiences are transported to one of the most remote and spectacularly beautiful places in the world and experience an emotional story of love, family and hope.  To The Arctic is now available En Español on the headsets, channel 3.


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: schicoine@rhfleet.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.




                                Monday–Sunday:                            10AM–6PM

                                Tinkering Studio hours:               12noon–5PM



NEW FLEET PRICES, applicable as of JULY 1, 2013:

                                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

                                Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

                                Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $9; Nonmembers: Adults/Seniors/Children $10

                                Add a Second Show

                                Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $6;                                 Nonmembers: Adults/Seniors/Children $7



Phone: (619) 238-1233

Address: 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: www.rhfleet.org




Other Great Events Coming Up in JULY:


Celebrate Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR! Forty years ago, a spark ignited our imaginations! Join us in celebration of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and its 40 years of success in bringing hands-on science to our San Diego community. March 9, 1973, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center opened its doors and brought interactive exhibits and the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater to San Diego. Today, the Fleet inspires minds and connects individuals to science and technology through more than 100 “do touch” exhibits for all ages and amazing IMAX films and planetarium shows in the recently renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Our year-long celebration will feature blockbuster exhibitions, incredible events and dynamic educational experiences. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to connecting individuals to science and technology, and we look forward to our next four decades of inspiring lifelong learning.


JULY 20—Astronomy Milestone: 44th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon


JULY 22—IMAX® en Español––Hubble. Stunning imagery of distant galaxies, the birth of stars and planets, plus NASA's last mission to service one of history's most important observatories. IMAX en Español is an opportunity for you and your family to enjoy IMAX films in Spanish. Additionally, headsets are always available free of charge for audiences to listen to available Spanish soundtracks when films with English soundtracks play. Admission includes one film and the Fleet’s exhibit galleries, which feature more than 100 hands-on exhibits for all ages. Many of our exhibits feature bilingual explanatory text. 4PM. Check www.rhfleet.org for updated prices. 


JULY 29–AUGUST 2—Summer Fleet Inquiry Institute for K-8 Teachers. The Weeklong Fleet Inquiry Institute is open to K-8 teachers and is an entryway into the professional development programming at the Fleet Science Center. Join other teachers from throughout Southern California and experience inquiry as a learner, compare different approaches to teaching hands-on science, explore a variety of questioning strategies, rework current lesson plans to be more student-centered and strengthen your argument for using inquiry to teach science. This workshop is based upon the Fundamentals of Inquiry professional development program developed by the Exploratorium. Preference will be given to groups of teachers applying from the same school site. Space is limited, apply by July 19. 9AM–3PM. $20 registration/application process fee (fully refunded after you attend all 5 days of the institute).


AUGUST 3/10/17/24/31—Family Science Saturdays––Wind Power. How does modern man harness the power of the wind? Investigate the mechanics of air movement, and learn how wind power contributes to the production of energy and the advancement of new technologies. Challenge Saturday, the last Saturday of each month, will culminate in two visitor contests––the first to create amazing vehicles for a wind powered race (for which our fan will provide the wind, and the other to write essays on the creative new uses of wind power for the future. Activities included with admission. 1PM–3PM


AUGUST 5—Senior Monday lecture––Draining the Mighty Colorado: San Diego's Insatiable Thirst and How You Can Quench It. Join the conversation with Jill Witkowski from San Diego Coast Keeper, then see the IMAX film Living Sea. What is San Diego’s water supply situation?  What impacts do we have on the Colorado River, and what can we do to address these problems? Jill Witkowski joined SD Coastkeeper in January 2010 and currently serves as Waterkeeper, leading policy, legal and programs work, and ensures that Coastkeeper achieves its mission.  Jill also supervises Coastkeeper's student attorneys—volunteer law students who get real-world job training while carrying the bulk of the litigation workload.  Prior to joining Coastkeeper, Jill served as Deputy Director of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and was a Professor of Practice at Tulane Law School.  The first Monday of the month, seniors 65+ enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a lecture and a Giant Dome Theater show at a discount! Reception and snacks provided by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. 12:30PM lecture; 2PM theater show; $7-


Event information subject to change.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Susan Chicoine: Public Relations Manager
schicoine@rhfleet.org  619.325.9416/Cell | 619.685.5743/Office

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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