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The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center hosts The SciTech Challenge A special engineering challenge and STEM event for girls.

The public is invited to watch the SciTech Challenge on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

March 18, 2016

San Diego—The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is gearing up to host another year of the annual SciTech Challenge, a special engineering challenge and STEM event specifically for girls.

The general public is invited to attend the Finale Competition of the SciTech Challenge, taking place in the William & Grayson Boehm Community Forum of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, on Saturday, March 19, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. The competition is accessible through the Fleet visitor galleries, entering through Cellular Journey. Regular Fleet admission rates apply.

SciTech is a recurring program by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Each year the Fleet provides five local elementary schools with the SciTech after-school STEM club for girls. The program is geared towards building STEM confidence and literacy for girls with engaging hands-on projects. The program culminates in the SciTech Challenge in which girls work in teams to complete an engineering challenge. The Finale Competition for the SciTech Challenge is held each year at the Fleet Science Center.

For this year's SciTech Challenge, girls from the after-school program have designed devices for an earth-based prototype to test launch scientific instruments from a spacecraft to safely land on a simulated asteroid. This competition will be viewable to the public, with community scientists participating as judges. After the competition, the Fleet welcomes four local San Diego scientists to the exhibit gallery to meet with visitor and participants of the SciTech Challenge. The scientists will be available from noon to 3 p.m. to share their research and enthusiasm for science with activities and discussions based on their area of expertise.

The media is welcome to cover the final SciTech Challenge event. The event promises to be an exciting day of learning for young girls interested in engineering and STEM. Visuals will include a simulated asteroid, student-created launch devices made from wood or PVC and cushioned "landing packets" to protect the raw eggs that will be launched as "spacecrafts" toward the asteroid. Representatives from the Fleet will be available for interview.

Fleet representatives will also be able to talk about other Fleet science and engineering programs--such as Fleet STEAM Spring Camps and Computer Programming Spring Camps--for parents who are interested in getting their kids involved in further science learning.  

SciTech is sponsored by Time Warner Cable, Motorola Solutions Foundation, The Rice Family Foundation, ResMed Foundation and United Technologies Corporation Aerospace Systems.

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To schedule an interview or media appearance, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or


WHEN:          Saturday, March 19, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

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

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Event page for the SciTech Challenge:

The SciTech program by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center:

A 30 second Time Warner Cable promo video about the SciTech program:

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About SciTech

SciTech is an after-school program developed by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for fourth through sixth grade girls at San Diego elementary schools. The girls meet two hours per week to engage in hands-on science investigations on everything from solar car design to 3D computer modeling of rocket ships. Through project-based learning, the girls make concrete connections to everyday life while developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills that they will use throughout their lives.


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
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