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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 5–13, 2016. It kicks off with Expo Day, on Saturday, March 5, 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 5, 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! Expo Day is also a 52 Weeks of Science event! For more information about Expo Day, visit www.lovestemsd.org/expo-day-2016. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On both Saturday, March 5 and 12, the Fleet will host ThoughtSTEM Computer Programming classes. In these fast-paced, exciting, code-writing workshops, students ages 8–14 choose from a variety of challenges designed to introduce them to computer programming. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fleet Science Center. More>>

Also on March 5 is the Fleet’s Tinkerers’ Club Sustainability Workshop on wax stenciling and creating reusable bags. Attendees will learn how to up-cycle an old T-shirt and give it new life. This will also be 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fleet. More>>

On Monday, March 7, the Fleet partners with Pint of Science to host a special edition of Suds & Science on the theme of Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs. Four prominent members of the San Diego science and technology communities will share and discuss their visions of the near future. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location: Turquoise Cellars, 5026 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109. More>>

On Tuesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 10, the Fleet will host two family-friendly STEM in Your Backyard events as part of our community science program, 52 Weeks of Science. These events will feature interactive experiments, hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to meet a scientist or engineer. More>>

Also on Tuesday, March 8, science enthusiasts are invited to watch the Total Solar Eclipse: Live From Micronesia, a live broadcast of a total solar eclipse from the Federated States of Micronesia, available for viewing in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. The event is 5–6:15 p.m. at the Fleet Science Center. More>>

Wednesday, March 9, come to La Jolla for Brushes & Beakers. Visit four art galleries on Prospect Street, have a glass of wine at each and talk with local scientists about conservation, neuroscience, marine biology and cell biology. 7–9 p.m. More>>

Thursday, March 10, join us for a special edition of our popular community science program, Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar: National Academy of Sciences Edition. We asked seven members of the National Academy of Sciences to meet us at Green Flash Brewing in Mira Mesa to answer questions, enjoy a brew and talk about science. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Green Flash Brewing Co., 6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92121. More>>

Last, on Friday, March 11, we end the week with the incredible Fleet Night of Science party, Superheroes Edition. Hang out in Spiderman's web and take a closer look at the science behind some of our favorite superheroes while enjoying an adult beverage at this 21-and-up night at the Fleet. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fleet Science Center. $19.95 General Admission. $15 Fleet Members and students. 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 Taping Shape, Zoo in You, Super Cells and the Art of Science Learning. There are also IMAX films screening hourly in the Giant Dome Theater.

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/.