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This Week at the FLEET & Beyond—May 30, 2013!

A Brief Compendium of Upcoming Events at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center in Our 40th Anniversary Year!

May 31, 2013

Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo

Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo
Science on the Rocks: That's Hot! Summer Sizzler party

Science on the Rocks: That's Hot! Summer Sizzler party

A pair of monarchs rests on a wildflower.

Monarchs fill the sky, providing a breathtaking view.

Closeup of monarch butterfly

Stephanie Sigmen as Catalina Aguado & Shaun Benson as Ken Brugger Photo Credit: "Courtesy of SK Films"

Closeup of monarchs drinking

Closeup of monarch caterpillar

Patricia Phillips & Gordon Pinsent as Norah & Fred Urquhart

Monarch butterfly cluster

Butterfly haven

Enchanted butterfly forest

Monarch butterflies resting on tree trunk

Closeup of monarchs.

A single monarch takes flight off a milkweed leaf.

A lone monarch butterfly emerges from its chrysalis under a picnic table in Toronto.

A single monarch lands on a bluebonnet on location in Texas.

The sun briefly awakens the roosting monarchs from their fir-tree perches to take a drink.

Monarch butterflies gathering in the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico.

A single monarch rests on milkweed, a plant it needs to survive. It exclusively lays its eggs on milkweed, the caterpillars immediately eat its leaves to fatten up quickly and adults drink its nectar, along with nectar of other plants.

Ball Wall 1

Block Corner

Fire Truck

Ball Wall 2

Light Block Exploration

Nutrition Interactive

Exploration Bar


Fun in Kid City

The Factory

This Week at the FLEET & Beyond!

—May 30, 2013


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




Rock the Vote at the Fleet’s 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite IMAX® Film Festival––Vote for Your Favorite THREE Films by Wednesday, JUNE 5!


In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, we’re bringing back the nine best IMAX films of all time for a Fan Favorite Film Festival. Each week, all summer long, a top pick will play twice a day. It’s your chance to revisit the peak of Everest, explore the wonders revealed by Hubble or dive with Dolphins again. Other films under consideration include Mysteries of Egypt, Wild California, Tornado Alley, Yellowstone, Lewis & Clark, Grand Canyon Adventure, Under the Sea, The Living Sea, Stormchasers, Sea Monsters, Coral Reef Adventure, Deep Sea and Chronos. To vote for YOUR favorite three films by Wednesday, June 5, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fanfavoritefilms2013



July 5 through Labor Day!


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


$15.75 Adults; $12.75 Children/Seniors



Totally Oceanic! THAT'S HOT: The Fleet's SUMMER SIZZLER Is Bringing on the Rum and Craft Beers, Shave Ice and Sushi! Catch Our Amazing Sponsors While You Discover the Concepts Behind Slinkies & Surfing, Baseball, RollerCoasters & Bubbleage on Thursday, June 13! ––Buy Tickets NOW Before We Sell Out Again!


Don your seasonal best–– tank tops and flip flops are in style this month at Science on the Rocks! Ring in the summer with a tasty Deadhead Rum concoction; let them transform you into a rum expert at a tasting seminar. Your taste buds will take a trip across the Pacific by sampling Sushi On a Roll seafood and Sensational Treats’ Hawaiian shave ice, then return to local tastes from The South Park Abbey and craft brews from Mike Hess Brewing, Aztec Brewing Company and Manzanita Brewing. Have fun with Slinkies, solar beads, rollercoasters and bubbles! Ride home in luxury at a discount with Uber. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite: http://fleetsummersizzler.eventbrite.com/#. This event is open to adults ages 21+ only. I.D. is required. A cash bar features beer, wine and cocktails. Space is limited and prices increase the day of event—if not sold out.




Thursday, June 13; 6:30PM–9:30PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


$20 for nonmembers; $18 for students and military with I.D.; $15 for Fleet members, Fleet staff and volunteers, and Balboa Park employees; tickets at the door $25, if still available.


This event is sponsored by Mossy Toyota



Learn All About Squishy, Symmetrical Swimmers at Saturday Science Club on June 8!



Kids in grades 5–8 dive in to World Oceans Day by learning the "Secrets of Squid" at Saturday Science Club! Have you ever seen a cephalopod? Get an inside look at the anatomy that makes these creatures so fascinating. We will take an up-close look at these incredible creatures and learn about their internal and external anatomy through the art of dissection. Join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics.



Saturday, June 8; 12 noon–2PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


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



RISE ABOVE PLASTICS with Surfrider and Go on a Coral Reef Adventure––Senior Monday, June 3!



Become coastal friendly and love our beaches with Scott Harrison, a founder of Surfrider’s campaign Rise Above Plastics (RAP). RAP advocates for the reduction of the impacts of plastics on our coastal environment, promotes awareness of plastic pollution and encourages the reduction of single use plastics. Seniors 65+ enjoy the many Fleet exhibit galleries, the great lecture and in June, Coral Reef Adventure, all at a discount!



Monday, June 3, 12:30PM lecture; 2PM film



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


$7 for seniors 65+



Run Rings Around SATURN at The Sky Tonight, June 5!



Fascinating us with its beauty, the second-largest planet in the solar system is home to a magnificent ring system and over 60 moons, and it features prominently in the June evening sky. Join us to learn more about Saturn and the other celestial objects in the summer sky. 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. Weather permitting, the SD County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park.



Wednesday, June 5, 7PM & 8:15PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Giant Dome Theater


$12 for nonmembers; $10 for members



Break It on Down at Family Science Saturdays: Dismantlemania!



Dismantlemania is the dissection of found objects (visitors are welcome to bring their own), emphasizing the importance of analysis and the development of the valuable skill of reverse engineering. Challenge Saturday, the last Saturday of each month, will culminate in two visitor contests––the first to successfully evaluate the use of parts from the original objects in the new constructions, and the second to draw diagrams/illustrations of the operations of either the original discarded objects or the new and improved creations.



June 1,8,15,22,29; 1PM–3PM

Daily Tinkering Studio hours now 12 noon–4:45PM



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


Activities included with admission.



Still a Few Fleet Science Fun SUMMER CAMPS Available, & Union Bank Scholarships for GREEN CAMPS!


In order to raise the next generation of eco-warriors, Union Bank has generously made full weeklong scholarships available for any campers who request it for Green Engineering, Shocking Forces, EcoTech, Save the Planet or Secondhand Science camps. Any family with financial need can submit a scholarship application to our Client Services Department at 619-238-1233, ext. 806.

There are still spots in some of our other weekly, half-day Summer Camps , including Chemistry in the Kitchen, Energy Explorers, Superhero Science, Weird & Wacky Science, Toy Lab; Medieval Inventions, Ahoy! Arrrr! Pirate Camp!, Space Camp, Cool Chemistry; Steampunk & SciFi, and Biotech Bootcamp! Contact Client Services Dept. at 619-238-1233, ext. 806 or purchase online; sibling and multi-camp discounts available. http://www.rhfleet.org/events/summer-camp



June 24–August 23, 9AM–12 noon or 1PM–4PM


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center


$110 per weekly camp; nonmember: $125 per weekly camp



The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater––Our New Name for What Our Old-School Fans Still Call OmniMax––Now Plays Both Great IMAX®Films and Planetarium Shows!



The Fleet is home to Southern California’s only Giant Dome Theater, the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. It’s the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, featuring the world’s first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX theater, and offers two unique experiences in one space: IMAX films and planetarium shows. The gigantic, hemispherical, 76-foot tilted and curved screen wraps the entire theater, offering an immersive viewing experience, enhancing the feeling of motion and giving you the sensation that you’re in the show. With a 16,000-watt digital surround sound system, it provides a stunning visual and audio experience.

IMAX is the world’s largest film format, yielding incredible clarity and spectacular images. IMAX films’ special projectors weigh as much as a small car and enable the incredible film images to be projected with brightness and clarity on the huge Dome screen.

Our state-of-the-art digital GSX™ Projection System’s planetarium shows allow audiences to journey to the outer reaches of space from the comfort of their theater seats courtesy of both pre-produced planetarium programs (some created by our own stellar in-house team!) and The Sky Tonight, a monthly live, astronomer-led planetarium show. The Fleet offers two options for hearing-impaired guests: closed-captions and assistive listening devices.


Daily shows on the hour from noon to closing; 11AM to closing on weekends and during summer.



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


$15.75 Adults; $12.75 Children/Seniors



“Origins of Life” (March 16–June 23, 2013, only)

Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids (January 19–June 11, 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 Digital 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–Thursday:                      10AM–5PM

                                First Wednesday of month:     10AM–8PM

                                Friday:                                               10AM–7PM

                                Saturday:                                         10AM–7PM

                                Sunday:                                            10AM–6PM


Current PRICES:

                                GALLERY ADMISSION (access to all eight exhibit galleries):

                                Adults $11.75; Children/Seniors $9.75

GIANT DOME THEATER SHOWS––IMAX®/Planetarium ADMISSION (1 film + access to all exhibit galleries):

Adults $15.75; Children/Seniors $12.75

The Sky Tonight Live Planetarium show ADMISSION:

Adults $12.00; Children/Seniors $10.00



Phone: (619) 238-1233

Address: 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: www.rhfleet.org




Other Great Events Coming Up in MAY & JUNE:


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.



JUNE 4—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.


JUNE 5—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. Basic origami folds can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. Participation is included with gallery admission. 4PM–7PM.


JUNE 5—Exploring Ethics celebrates Women in Science. Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear will discuss how far we have come since the landmark book Silent Spring was written and how far we have yet to go. 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. 5:30–7PM; William & Grayson Boehm Community Forum at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Free, registration required: (858) 822-2647 / ethicscenter@ucsd.edu


June 6–23—Young Scientists, session 9. Plants will dig into nature so kids learn from Flora & Fauna, Plant Structures and Sprouting. Preschoolers age 3–5 (and a parent) explore the scientific wonders of the world through experimentation, investigation and scientific questioning. Four 4-week sessions run monthly. Limited to eight students per class. Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday morning 9AM–10:30AM. This will be a shorter, three-week session, with a special price: Members: $56.25 per child; nonmembers: $63.75 per child


JUNE 8—World Oceans Day—People around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water that links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. Help protect our ocean for the future. Spread the word about ocean conservation by “Wearing Blue and Telling Two.” The world’s ocean generates most of the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, regulates our climate, cleans the water we drink, offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines and provides limitless inspiration! It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is protected and conserved for future generations. http://worldoceansday.org/ [Not a Fleet event]


JUNE 11—Great Balls of Fire exhibition closes.


JUNE 12—Astronomy Event: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation


JUNE 16—IMAX® en Español––Bichos. En esta presentación  de IMAX en español Introdúzcase al mágico mundo pequeño de mariposas, y mantis y  conozcan sus amiguitos extraños y hermosos. 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+.

JUNE 16—IMAX® en Español––Bugs. Enter the magical, miniscule world of a butterfly and a praying mantis, and meet their bizarre and beautiful buggy friends. 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 


JUNE 16—Astronomy Milestone: 50th Anniversary of First Woman in Space, Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova


JUNE 20––International Surf Day         [Not a Fleet event]


JUNE 21—Astronomy Event: Summer Solstice at 5:04 UTC


JUNE 22—Blockbusters returns to the Rotunda Gallery in all its refurbished glory with 16,000 crisp new blocks, bins and newly resurfaced tables, after being housed in limited space downstairs recently.


JUNE 23—Final Day for Origins of Life exhibit


JUNE 24—Astronomy Milestone: 30th Anniversary of the First American Woman in Space, Astronaut Sally Ride


JUNE 26—NASA Launch: IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectograph)—Will increase understanding of energy transport into corona and solar wind and provide an archetype for stellar atmospheres.


JUNE 27–28—Astronomy Event: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower—Meteor shower that will visible after 12am. Shower originates out of the constellation Aquarius. Remnants of Comet Mardson & Kracht.


JUNE 28–30—International Autonomous Robotics Competition (iARoC) Two-day robotics competition through the Wintriss Technical School. Team members get into the exhibit galleries for free. Set-up begins on Friday night in the Community Forum and both learning labs. Ends on Sunday night. Student participants and their guests will be wearing wristbands. All Fleet visitors are welcome to view the competition in the Community Forum in the stanchioned-off area.


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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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 fleetscience.org.
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 balboapark.org.