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The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Celebrates Engineers Week, February 22–28, and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Thursday, February 26

The Fleet sends educators to five different San Diego schools to facilitate student engineering projects. Students will work to create their own earthquake-safe structures as part of the Fleet’s SciTech Tech Challenge.

February 23, 2015

San Diego—Get ready to celebrate a week of engineering! The week of February 22–28 has been designated Engineers Week, with Thursday, February 26, specially designated as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will recognize Engineers Week by sending educators to five different San Diego schools. Fleet educators will work with elementary school students to design and construct large earthquake-safe structures, using power tools, building materials and the students’ own creative ingenuity and problem-solving skills.

The projects that students work on this week will eventually be their entries in the Fleet’s annual SciTech Tech Challenge. In the Tech Challenge, students must problem solve and design inventions to complete a specific task. This year’s challenge is Seismic Engineering in Action.

For Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, on Thursday, February 26, the Fleet will be at Encanto Elementary School assisting students with creating the SciTech Challenge structure. The media is welcome to come and cover the event. Representatives from the Fleet and Encanto Elementary will be available for interview. The event promises to be an exciting day of learning for young girls interested in engineering.

Visuals will include young people working with power tools, hammers, nails, screws, etc., involved in our engineering-themed programming.

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 Qualcomm, Motorola and TimeWarner Cable.

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

WHEN:            Thursday, February 26, from 11:55 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.

WHERE:         Encanto Elementary School
                          822 65th St.
                          San Diego, CA 92114

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MORE INFO:

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

http://www.rhfleet.org/scitech

A 30 second TimeWarner Cable promo video about the SciTech program:

https://vimeo.com/109267182

Engineers Week by DiscoverE:

http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/engineers-week

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day by DiscoverE: 

http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/girl-day

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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 the chemistry of cosmetics. 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.

http://www.rhfleet.org/scitech

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE is a non-profit volunteer organization that works to help unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities, increase the collaborative footprint of engineering volunteers in K-12 education and celebrate with the public as it discovers the value of engineering education and careers.

http://www.discovere.org/

 

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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 hosts school field trips, science workshops and educational camps. For adults, we offer events like Fleet Night of Science and community events, such as Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar. In the community, we provide free neighborhood science events weekly through 52 Weeks of Science. 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 Craveology. Located 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, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at fleetscience.org.