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


Please Join the Jet Set for a VIP Media Takeoff Party on Thursday, August 1, from 6PM-7:30PM.

Meet New Fleet Executive Director Steve Snyder!

Catch the Quadricopter Demo, Test Your Aerodynamics, Schmooze, Sip and Sample!



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

Join the Jet Set at a VIP Media Takeoff Party on Thursday, August 1, from 6PM-7:30PM; RSVP to Schicoine@rhfleet.org for more information.



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Participation is included with gallery admission.



Golden Staters Are Known for Their Extreme Sports Challenges – Catch Them on the Giant Dome Screen This Friday on in Adventures In Wild California; Then Explore the Exotic Headwaters of the Nile in Mysteries Of Egypt, Starting August 2––All Part of The Fleet’s 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival!



Get wild in the Golden State with acrobatic snowboarders, affable otters, aerobatic skysurfers, adventurous botanists and adrenaline-pumping surfers, as Adventures in Wild California arrives July 26–August 1. Then take an engaging journey through the Land of the Pharaohs, with the sweeping Nile and the majestic Giza pyramids your wondrous backdrop, as you discover Mysteries of Egypt, August 2–8. 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! Don’t miss the chance to catch your favorite films!

The Film Festival continues with 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. *In some cases, i.e., if we close early for a special event, a film may play only once during the day.



Film Festival: now through September 5!



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)




Where, Oh Where, Has Our ROVER Gone? The Sky Tonight Brings Us Up To Speed On What He’s Found on MARS in One Year Since Curiosity


Humanity has always been fascinated by Mars, the Red Planet, making it a popular target for planetary exploration.  It has been one year since Curiosity landed on Mars. Join us for an evening of exploring the August night sky and catching up on all the latest news from the Mars Curiosity rover. 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.



Wednesday August 7; 7 PM & 8:15 PM


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


Members: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $10; Nonmembers: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $12.



In Conjunction with Our New Exhibit: On the Fly: Technology Takes Off, We Present A Special Ethics Lecture––Drones and Other UAVs: Benefits and Risks––Featuring a Guest Panel of Experts in the Field As We Examine UAV Technology and the Myriad Uses It Is being Applied To Across the World!



New technologies can raise challenging ethical dilemmas, and drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are no exception. These aircraft may be autonomously operated by onboard computers or directed remotely by a human operator. UAVs are used for many purposes, ranging from crop dusting farmland to military operations. Join our UAV experts as we explore the benefits, perceived concerns, real risks, and public safety. What is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and how might UAVs be used in the future? Join our UAV experts as we take a closer look at UAVs in public safety and other areas. We will explore the myriad applications for this innovative technology, their uses and ensuing repercussions.

Our guest panel will include Lucien Miller, CEO of Innov8tive Designs; Keith McLellan, CEO of ROV Systems LLC, Arizona; and Commander (Ret.) Bob Osborne, who served 38 years with the LA County Sheriff’s Department; moderated by Larry Hinman, USD Professor of Philosophy.

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.

Special thanks to Monica England of AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems international, San Diego Lindbergh chapter), for helping arrange for our UAV experts.


Wednesday, August 7; 5:30–7PM


William & Grayson Boehm Community Forum at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Free; please join us by registering here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7507586393




Coastkeeper Brings Us an H2O Update for Senior Monday––Learn About “Draining the Mighty Colorado: San Diego's Insatiable Thirst and How You Can Quench It” plus IMAX® film Living Sea. Seniors 65+ Join Us for Education and Snacks Courtesy of Our Friends at ScholarShare on Monday, August 5 at 12:30PM!



Join the conversation with Jill Witkowski from San Diego Coastkeeper, 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. 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.



Monday, August 5; 12:30PM lecture; 2PM film


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Giant Dome Theater








Saturday activities in the Tinkering Studio challenge the entire family to play and learn together. For Bio-Inspiration this Saturday involves studying designs and processes found in nature and attempt to imitate these systems to solve human problems. We will draw and build models to see what structures, processes and principles emerge and how they might be applied to human pursuits. Starting in August you can investigate the mechanics of air movement, and learn how wind power contributes to the production of energy and the advancement of new technologies. The last Saturday of each month, Challenge Saturday, culminates in two visitor contests: for Bio-Inspiration, for the best design of an object illustrating a working concept, and the best essay for application of a bio-inspired process; and for Wind Power: to create amazing vehicles for a wind powered race, and to write essays on the creative new uses of wind power for the future.



Saturday, July 27; August 3/10/17/24/31; 1PM–3PM;



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Tinkering Studio


Activities included with admission.



“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.



July 26–August 1—Adventures in Wild California. Get wild in the Golden State with acrobatic snowboarders, affable otters, aerobatic skysurfers, adventurous botanists and adrenaline-pumping surfers.


August 2–8—Mysteries of Egypt. Set against the wondrous backdrop of the sweeping Nile and the majestic Giza pyramids, this film takes you on an engaging journey through the Land of the Pharaohs.


August 9–15—Everest. The dramatic true story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength and triumph in the wake of tragedy on the world’s highest mountain.


August 16–22—Coral Reef Adventure. Soar over the volcanic peaks of Tahiti, dive 350 feet to explore deep corals off the shore of Fiji and swim among hundreds of sharks in the canyons of the Rangiroa atoll.


August 23–29—Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West. The journey that shaped a nation is re-created in this film, which depicts the great hardships and incredible scenery the explorers encountered.


August 30–September 5—Grand Canyon Adventure. Travel deep into the Grand Canyon on a 15-day river-rafting trip.  Your pulse will quicken as you join this thrilling ride downriver through raging rapids and breathtaking canyons.


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 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 6—FREE First Tuesday at the FLEET! Free admission to galleries for SD City/County residents, active-duty military, college students. Tickets for Giant Dome Theater shows are only $10. ID required.


AUGUST 7—Origami with Bruce Gemmell. The traditional art of paper folding has evolved into a venerable modern art form with solid foundations in math and science. A flat sheet of material is transformed into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Tinkering Studio Coordinator Gemmell has taught architecture both in the US and abroad. This event will be held the first Wednesday of each month. 4PM-7PM. Participation is included with gallery admission.



AUGUST 10—Saturday Science Club for Girls: Moving Earth. From volcanoes to earthquakes, explore how tectonic plates move and shape the Earth. Experiment with tectonic plate movement and build earthquake-proof buildings. 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.


AUGUST 11–12—Astronomy Event: Perseids Meteor Shower— Meteor shower that will be visible after 12am. Shower originates out of the constellation Perseus. Remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle.


AUGUST 12—NASA Launch: LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer)—Gather information about environmental influences on lunar dust.


AUGUST 18—IMAX® en Español–– Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West. El viaje que creo una nación esta recreada en esta pelicúla al igual que las dificultades y los increíbles paisajes que los exploradores encontraron. IMAX en Español es una oportunidad para usted y su familia que disfruten las películas IMAX en español cada tercer domingo del mes. Adicionalmente audífonos sin costo para quienes deseen escuchar el audio en español siempre están disponibles para las películas que se presentan con el audio original en Ingles. El costo de admisión para las películas incluye acceso a todo el museo Fleet y las más de 100 exhibiciones científicas  a la mano de todas edades. Varias de nuestras exhibiciones ofrecen explicaciones en español. 4PM $15.75/adultos $12.75/niños de 3-12 y personas 65+.

AUGUST 18—IMAX® en Español–– Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West. The journey that shaped a nation is re-created in this film, which depicts the great hardships and incredible scenery the explorers encountered. 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. $15.75/adults $12.75/children.


AUGUST 27—Astronomy Event: Neptune at Opposition


AUGUST 30—30th Anniversary of the First African American in Space, Astronaut Guion “Guy” Buford



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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