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San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering promises multiple days of science fun. The Festival dates are March 4–12, 2017. It kicks off with Expo Day, on Saturday, March 4, at Petco Park, and continues with events throughout the city for a variety of ages and interests. Don't miss a moment! 

The Fleet is participating in Expo Day and offering several spectacular science events during the Festival. Find out more below!

On Saturday, March 4, come visit the Fleet Science Center booth at Expo Day, the Festival's kick-off event. It's fun, it's free and it's chock full of science. Explore the power of wind with wind tubes and AirZookas at our booth, and find out about upcoming events at the Science Center. And don't miss our stage show! For more information about Expo Day, visit https://www.lovestemsd.org/expo-dayFree. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, March 5, join the Fleet’s Tinkerers’ Club to explore texture, color theory and magnetic forces by using four simple ingredients to make magnetic slime. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fleet. More>>

On Monday, March 6, the Fleet presents Suds & Science on the topic of Climate Change and Its Effect on Food SecurityResearchers from UCSD and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography share their latest research on climate change, including its effects on our oceans, marine life, weather, agriculture and food security. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Location: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Road #116, San Diego, CA 92116. More>>

On Tuesday, March 7, the Fleet will host a family-friendly STEM in Your Backyard event as part of our community science program, 52 Weeks of Science. This event will feature interactive experiments, hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to meet a scientist. More>>

Wednesday, March 8, join us at 57 Degrees in Mission Hills for Brushes & Beakers. Local artist Amanda Rouse leads attendees through creating their own paintings of a sunset scene of the Ocean Beach Pier, while her husband, Dr. Robert Letscher, shares his work as a marine biogeochemist and his research on next-generation climate models. 6 to 8 p.m. More>>

Thursday, March 9, join us for a special edition of our popular community science program, Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar: A Scientist and an Artist Walk Into a Bar. The Fleet has partnered with the San Diego Art Institute to bring artists and scientists together for a special edition of Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar. The event takes place at 25 different bars simultaneously across San Diego County. All the locations are listed on the link. Ask questions about intriguing topics or inquire about literally anything; no topic is off-limits. Just look for the sign that reads: "We are scientists. Ask us anything!" 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Locations and specialties of the artists and scientists are available on the Fleet website. More>>

On Friday, March 10, a new giant-screen film premieres at the Fleet. Dream Big: Engineering Our World reveals how engineers have changed both everyday lives and entire societies: from the Roman Arch and the Great Wall of China to the International Space Station, underwater robots, wind-defying skyscrapers and pneumatic tube vehicles that might one day zoom at 700 MPH. Whatever you think engineering is, you’ll probably think again as the award-winning filmmaking team at MacGillivray Freeman Films reveals not only the grandeur but the heart, humanity and optimism that exists within every problem-solving project. The film travels the globe from China and Nepal to Dubai, Australia and Haiti back to Seattle, San Francisco and Phoenix, Arizona. Dream Big is showing exclusively in San Diego at the Fleet Science Center. More>>

Last, on Friday, March 10, we end the week with the incredible Fleet Night of Science party, Detectives vs. EngineersAs a detective, you’ll explore Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery to see if you can solve the crime; then delve into the science of fingerprinting and extracting DNA and take your turn in outwitting a puzzle room. As an engineer, you can catch the premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World, then put on your hard hat and construct a derby car, create a Rube Goldberg contraption and design a structure that will survive our earthquake simulator. Food and drinks (including adult beverages) will be available for purchase at this 21-and-up night at the Fleet. 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fleet Science Center. More>>

Last, on Sunday, March 12, the Fleet presents the Science and Engineering of Lowriders. The event will feature a history of lowrider culture, the evolution of engineering and technology that goes into these mobile art pieces and a historical tour of the famous murals of Chicano Park, ending with a lowrider demonstration. This family-friendly experience is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chicano Park and is presented in partnership with Via International. More>>

In addition to these events, the Fleet will be open for regular gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The Fleet galleries feature fun, interactive science exhibits and our current set of traveling exhibitions, including Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery and So Moved: The Art and Science of Motion. There are also IMAX films screening hourly in the Giant Dome Theater, including our latest film, Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

Learn more about the Festival at the official Festival website.

Proud Sponsor

The Fleet Science Center has supported the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering since its inception. We're a proud Silver Sponsor of the Festival this year. 

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering occurs every March and features eight days of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers. The Festival serves to raise awareness of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and to inspire San Diego’s youth to pursue education and careers in these rewarding fields. The Festival draws more than 55,000 people to their events. More information is available at www.lovestemsd.org/.