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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

Lots of science fun!
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
Explore the exhibits!
Enjoy a lecture!
Enjoy a lecture!

The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. The Fleet's doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started early. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Craveology and the North Star Science Store.

Sharp Minds Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month (except Labor Day) and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The Sharp Minds lecture is free with purchase of the noon theater ticket. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be requested at the Ticket Counter. 


SCHEDULE:

Date: December 5

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Amazing Journeys

Lecture Topic: The Sky is NOT the Limit With an Aerospace Engineering Degree

A degree in Aerospace Engineering can provide women incredibly diverse opportunities in the workplace. Not only can you design both aircraft and spacecraft, but you can also work on commercial or defense systems, domestic or international programs, for large corporations or small start-ups. Throughout your career, you can be a design engineer, a test engineer, a flight engineer, a systems engineer, a program manager, a business leader and even CEO! The sky is not the limit for someone who obtains this challenging but extremely rewarding degree.

 

Bio:

Jill Meyers has over 30 years of experience developing and supporting aerospace and communications systems worldwide. Her career started as a computer systems analyst in the U.S. Air Force, where she operated and maintained ground radar and data communication systems worldwide. Jill has held key positions on aircraft, spacecraft and avionics programs including: radar system upgrades on the U.S, NATO, and U.K. Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft; support to the Global Positioning System Satellite program; development of airborne communication systems on Air Force One and the C-32/C-40 Executive VIP aircraft; design, manufacture and FAA Certification of the Eclipse 500 jet; and production of communication and navigation systems on the F-35 Lighting II fighter jet.

 

 

 

 

Date: January 2, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: A Beautiful Planet

Lecture Topic: Mysteries of Pluto

Ever since the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto in July 2015, scientists have been unraveling the mysteries of Pluto and its moons. More beautiful than we ever imagined, Pluto still holds many secrets. Should it be a planet? Why was it reclassified to begin with? Join us to learn the latest about Pluto.

 

Bio:

Lisa Will earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Astrophysics from UCLA in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Physics from Arizona State University in 2000. She was a member of the faculty at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ from 2000–2007. She was also a visiting faculty member at Arizona State University from 2000–2008. In 2007, she returned to her native California by accepting a position at San Diego City College, where she is now a Professor of Astronomy and Physics. In 2012, she became the Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center, where she presents the monthly “Sky Tonight” planetarium show and hosts other astronomically-related events. Her research includes investigation of the nature of dust grains in space and innovations in astronomy education. She is obsessed with Sherlock and Doctor Who and has been a proud geek girl since watching Star Trek and Star Wars as a child.