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This Week at the FLEET & Beyond ~ September 26, 2013!

A Brief Compendium of Really Cool Stuff To Do at the Fleet through OCTOBER!

September 26, 2013

Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo
Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo
Science on the Rocks - Chocolate Unwrapped: the Science of Flavor
Science on the Rocks - Chocolate Unwrapped: the Science of Flavo
Kids Free in October
Kids Free in October

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Block Corner

Fire Truck

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Light Block Exploration

Nutrition Interactive

Exploration Bar

Shopping

Fun in Kid City

The Factory

1)

Win Your Own Quadcopter at UAV DAY––and Explore the Many Facets of This Technology With Multi-Rotor Experts and Hobbyists on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6!

Experts Available for Advance Press Now Through 10/6!    

 

 

What:

All UAV Day visitors can enter to win an AR.Drone2.0, the one-of-a kind quadcopter developed by French company Parrot and featured in our exhibit, On the Fly: Technology Takes Off. The Fleet celebrates San Diego’s innovative UAV and multi-rotor community with local organizations that will display small multi-rotor aircraft, custom and commercial UAVs and autonomous RC planes and helicopters for hobbyists, along with videos all about UAV technology and the myriad applications they are capable of. There will be brief lectures on the history and development of unmanned aircraft history and its civil integration, current FAA restrictions on commercial usages for UAVs and the positive applications being developed for UAVs and quadcopters.  Join in a workshop and learn how to build your own quad, take a pilot lesson on a quad simulator and see how they function in an interactive mini wind tunnel. Dr. Eric Frost of the SDSU Homeland Security Grad Program is in Mexico now, using UAVs to help reestablish communications just destroyed in Hurricane Miguel, and will share his stories. See the new documentary Civilian Drones—Search and Rescue, about the Texas group doing recovery work in the desert for the past ten years. The Air Law Institute is sponsoring a group of kids from an Old Town  engineering scholarship program, who plan on building a scale model of NASA’s Ikhana unmanned aircraft!

Participants thus far include AUVSI San Diego, Air Law Institute, Innov8tive Designs, 3D Robotics, San Diego Wind Tunnel, Isis Copter, MultiRotor Systems, Go Professional Cases and San Diego Drone User Group. Our new exhibit, On the Fly: Technology Takes Off, has attracted a unique following with its fascinating display highlighting the unique characteristics of UAVs and how they fly, multiple daily performances by small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles and the chance for every visitor to apply the principles of aerodynamics to create their own aircraft. Join us to learn more about the constantly evolving uses of unmanned flight technology from our exhibit and, on October 6, from our experts in the field!

 

When:

Sunday, October 6, 2013; 10AM–4PM

Where:

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Cost:

Participation is included with gallery admission.

 

2)

Great News! You Can Discover WHY Chocolate Is Healthy and What the Science Behind Our Taste Buds Is About at SCIENCE ON THE ROCKS on OCTOBER 17: Food, Brews and Fun at CHOCOLATE UNWRAPPED: The SCIENCE of FLAVOR! Tickets on Sale Now.

 

What:

Get the real deal on the health benefits of chocolate from Dr. Francisco Villarreal and the science behind our taste buds from ahead-of-the-curve experts Senomyx––and enjoy liquid-nitrogen ice cream, too! Local chocolatier Eclipse Chocolate will pair something yummy with a Green Flash Brewing Company surprise. Sips will feature the Flash along with Aztec Brewing, Helm’s Brewing Company, Manzanita Brewing Company and St. Archer’s. There will be wine tasting and flavorful samples from local restaurants, including Ritual Tavern. Do a DNA extraction of chocolate, strawberries and grapes, build a pop-bead chocolate molecule or dance all night to DJ Will Hernandez and Drumbeats by Dre! Join us!

 

When:

Thursday, October 17; 6:30PM

Where:

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Cost:

$25 general admission, $20 for members and Fleet/Balboa Park employees; $35/$30 day of event, if available. Tickets on sale now online at http://science-rocks-chocolate-unwrapped.eventbrite.com/, or in person at the Fleet ticket counter, open daily at 10AM

 

Science on the Rocks is Sponsored by Mossy Toyota

and San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union

 

 

3)

Kid Power! San Diego Museum Council’s KIDS FREE MONTH Opens up Their Minds, OCTOBER 1–31!

 

What:

Kids are invited to explore San Diego’s diverse museums—for FREE! Children ages 12 and under receive FREE admission with a paid adult (limit 2) at any of nearly 40 participating museums. Explore the hidden treasures of the ocean or the far reaches of outer space. Delve into local history, visual arts, botanical gardens, architectural treasures—and more! Note: This offer does not include special events/exhibits or field trips, nor admission to the Fleet’s Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

 

 

When:

OCTOBER 1–31

Where:

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Cost:

Just download the coupon at http://www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/ and present it upon arrival. 

 

 

4)

The Planetary Satellites Are Interesting Worlds in Their Own Right. THE SKY TONIGHT Explores the Moons of the Solar System on OCTOBER 2!

 

What:

Did you know that there are moons of the solar system that have atmospheres? Geysers? Subsurface oceans of water? Join us in October as we explore our own Moon and other moons of the solar system. 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 state-of-the-art digital GSX™ projection system. A professional astronomer leads backyard stargazers through the universe. Weather and operational requirement permitting, the SD County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park. This is a separate event held on the first Wednesday of each month

 

When:

Wednesday, October 2; 7PM & 8:15PM

Where:

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

Cost:

Members: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $10

Nonmembers: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $12

 

5)

EXPLORING ETHICS in La Jolla: Why Are We Losing the War Against Cancer? Learn the Truth in Small Doses on OCTOBER 2 at Scripps Research Institute Auditorium!

 

What:

Despite billions spent every year, no cure yet exists for the scourge of cancer. Why not? Acclaimed author Clifton Leaf will address that vexing issue, which dates back to antiquity, in a free lecture presented by the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology, in partnership with UCSD Extension.

Leaf, author of The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—And How to Win It, opens the Ethics Center’s 2013–14 Speaker Series with “Lessons From a One-Eyed Surgeon,” a reference to a famed Irish surgeon whose inspiring story Leaf recounts in his book. Leaf, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 15, believes that given the enormous resources devoted to the cause (as much as $16 billion a year in the U.S. alone), that we should be much closer to a permanent and sustainable cure. 

 

When:

Wednesday, October 2; 5:30PM

 

Where:

Scripps Research Institute Auditorium; 10550 N Torrey Pines Rd; La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Cost:

Free; open to the public, advance registration recommended  at: https://emperoroctober2013.eventbrite.com/

 

 

6)

Seniors Will Start Their Science Immersion a Bit Earlier on Monday, OCTOBER 7, When Senior Monday Moves to a New Time––and Into the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater! Check Out the Deep Sea Challenge Lecture Beginning at 10:30AM, and IMAX® film Deep Sea at 12noon!

 

What:

Set your alarm clocks as our Senior Monday lecture will now begin at 10:30AM, with the film at noon. There will still be snacks courtesy of ScholarShare, but in the theater lobby, as we have moved the entire morning into the theater to accommodate the overflow crowds the program has drawn.

On March 26, 2012, James Cameron (National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence) became the first person in history to reach the Earth's deepest known point as a solo pilot, successfully piloting the DeepSea Challenger nearly 36,000 feet to the Mariana Trench. Expedition Team member Bruce Sutphen will give a brief overview of the technical elements, fabrication, assembly and operation of the DeepSea Challenger submersible. San Diegan Sutphen has 25 years in scaled modeling and technical project management, including composite, design, fabrication, hydrodynamic stabilization and subsea robotic programs. As U.S. Project Manager for DeepSea Challenge and a member in the successful dives to the Mariana and New Britain Trench, his responsibilities ranged from running the scaled-model vehicle dynamic stability testing to managing the U.S. composite development, Lower Pod robotics fabrication, including the Lander Systems. The first Monday of the month, seniors 65+ enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a lecture and a Giant Dome Theater show at a discount! Please note new time & price!

 

When:

Monday October 7; 10:30AM lecture; 12PM theater show

Where:

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Cost:

$8 Seniors; $17 Adults

 

7)

Orangutans and Elephants and Really Big Fish, Oh My. BORN TO BE WILD and DEEP SEA Are Stirring up the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater This OCTOBER.

 

What:

Del Mar’s own veteran underwater filmmakers and ocean explorers Howard and Michele Hall take you on a Deep Sea underwater expedition. You will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Come face to face with these underwater inhabitants and witness their peculiar and amazing behavior as they rely on one another for survival. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, original score by Danny Elfman. 

Or discover an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals; between orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time. The heartwarming Born To Be Wild transports  moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. Narrated by Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman.

 

 

When:

Beginning October 1

Where:

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

Cost:

Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10

Nonmembers: Adults $17, Seniors $15, Children $14

 

 

8)

Push Your Brain Into High Velocity During FAMILY SCIENCE SATURDAYS: MECHANICS!

 

What:

Come and learn about mechanics, the science that concerns itself with the effects that forces have on bodies! As families create objects that move, push, displace or achieve velocity in the Tinkering Studio, we will analyze which aspects of performance are mechanically inclined. Special recognition will go to those who cobble together the most impressive mechanical creations!

 

When:

Saturdays, October 5/12/19/26; 1PM–3PM

Where:

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Cost:

Participation is included with gallery admission.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS:

“On the Fly: Technology Takes Off” (through December 31, 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)

 

GIANT DOME THEATER SHOWS:

For a Full Schedule of Shows and Times:

Daily Schedule

PLANETARIUM SHOW:

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.

 

IMAX® FILMS:

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.

 

Born To Be Wild––An inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals, this film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time. This heartwarming adventure transports moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. Narrated by Academy-Award® winner Morgan Freeman. Begins October 1

 

Deep Sea––Embark on a gorgeous underwater expedition with Del Mar’s own veteran underwater filmmakers and ocean explorers, Howard and Michele Hall. You will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Moviegoers come face to face with these underwater inhabitants to witness their peculiar and amazing behavior as they rely on one another for survival. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman.  Begins October 1

 

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. Through September 30 Only!

 

Dolphins––Imagine you are a marine biologist working in the crystalline, turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Sunlight dances off the rippled, white sand banks. Swimming alongside you are some of the most graceful and extraordinary creatures on earth—wild dolphins. While few of us will ever have the chance to encounter a dolphin in the wild, you'll feel like you're in the water with these magnificent animals as scientist Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski and her colleagues lead you on an exploration into their fascinating world. From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, take an underwater adventure with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins and the familiar bottlenose dolphin.

Through September 30 Only!

 

If you would like complimentary media tickets to visit the exhibitions or see an IMAX film or Planetarium 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.

 

 

REGULAR HOURS:

                                Monday–Thursday:                      10AM–5PM

                                First Wednesday of month:         10AM–8PM

                                Friday, Saturday, Sunday:           10AM–6PM

                                Tinkering Studio hours:               12noon–5PM

 

 

FLEET PRICES:

GALLERY ADMISSION (access to all eight exhibit galleries):

                                Members free; Nonmembers: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children $11

GIANT DOME THEATER ADMISSION (1 film or 1 planetarium show + access to all eight exhibit galleries):

                                Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10;

                                Nonmembers: Adults $17,  Seniors $15, Children $14

“The Sky Tonight” Live Planetarium Show ADMISSION

                                Members: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $10;

                                Nonmembers: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $12

Senior Monday ADMISSION: now $8 for seniors 65+

Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

                                Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $9; Nonmembers: Adults/Seniors/Children $10

Add a Second Show

                                Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $6; Nonmembers:

                                Adults/Seniors/Children $7

 

PUBLIC CONTACT INFORMATION:

Phone: (619) 238-1233

Address: 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: www.rhfleet.org

 

 

 

 

Other Great Events Coming Up in SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER:

 

SEPTEMBER 28—Family Science Saturdays––Bridges

Tinkering Studio Coordinator Bruce Gemmell is an architect who will share his knowledge of building bridges. Learn the fascinating history and nature of bridges, the integral concepts underlying their construction and the various types of bridges in common uses today. Challenge Saturday, the last Saturday of each month, will culminate in two visitor contests. Build bridges to cross our challenging chasm and compete in an ultimate strength challenge to see whose bridge will support the most weight OR explore the ratio of strength to load-bearing capability (or whose bridge can support the most times its own weight). Activities included with admission. 1PM–3PM

 

Now–OCTOBER 6––Young Scientists session 1 “Exploring Earth” will delve into Water Wonders and Awesome Animals. 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. Members $75, nonmembers $85.

 

SEPTEMBER 28—Smithsonian Day free gallery admission with Smithsonian coupon on this day only.

 

OCTOBER 2—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. Tinkering Studio Coordinator Gemmell has taught architecture both in the US and abroad. This event will be held the first Wednesday of each month. 4PM–7PM. Participation is included with gallery admission.

 

OCTOBER 3—Astronomy Event: Uranus at Opposition

 

OCTOBER 7–8—Astronomy Event: Draconids Meteor Shower—Meteor shower that will be visible after 12am. Shower originates out of the constellation Draco. Remnants of Comet 21P Giacobini–Zinner.

 

OCTOBER 9—Astronomy Event: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation

 

OCTOBER 10–NOVEMBER 3––Young Scientists session 2 “Astronomy Adventure” takes off to learn everything about the Inner Planets, Outer Planets, Moon and Stars and Rockets. 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. Members $75, nonmembers $85.

 

OCTOBER 12—ASTRONOMY DAY at the Fleet. A variety of programs and workshops will include a Public Challenger Mission and Saturday Science Club for Girls (additional fees for each; see below for details). Console operator and amazing Fleet photographer Mary Anderson hosts a Night Sky Photography workshop, free to the public during the day (time tbd); and if interest indicates, an evening night sky photography workshop as well. Upstairs at the E-Bar, the public is invited to join in on the Lunar Craters Activity from 10AM–3PM, or check out Dry Ice Comet Demos downstairs at 11AM & 1PM. Most activities free with admission. 10AM–6PM

 

OCTOBER 12—Saturday Science Club for Girls: Reach for the Stars! Search for constellations and explore the mysteries of the Milky Way. Investigate our closest neighbors in the solar system and other celestial objects light years away! Girls in grades 5–8 can join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. 12 noon–2PM; members $12, nonmembers $14; must pre-register by calling (619) 238-1233 x806.

 

OCTOBER 12—Public Nierman Challenger Mission “Return to the Moon.” You, your friends and your family are invited to take the ultimate trip by experiencing our realistic Mission Control and Space Station simulators! This two-hour program introduces you to the teamwork, technology and drama involved in space travel. In the year 2015, astronauts are on their way back to the moon to stay! Navigating their way into lunar orbit, participants launch a probe and analyze a variety of data to select a site for a permanent moon base. Ages 10 and up. Challenger: members: $15/person, nonmembers: $20/person; 12noon–2PM

 

OCTOBER 12—Astronomy Event: International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). Thanks to intriguing science results and beautiful images from recent lunar missions, the Moon tantalizes both scientists and the public with its mysteries. Now in its fourth year, InOMN provides the public with an opportunity to view and learn about Earth's nearest neighbor. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission is set to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) at the Moon just prior to InOMN 2013.

 

OCTOBER 18—Astronomy Event: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

 

OCTOBER 19—Kids Free STEM program: Hidden Power. You’ve got the power! Come to the Fleet and participate in an array of electrifying activities that highlight concepts of energy, electricity generation and efficiency. These Hidden Power activities are fun for the whole family, from youngsters to seniors. Learn more about energy materials and how they’re used, and find out about the invisible forces at work that power our world. Hidden Power activities are included with science center admission. 11AM–3PM. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable.

 

OCTOBER 20—IMAX® en Español Flight of the Butterflies La mariposa monarca es una verdadera maravilla de la naturaleza. Pesando menos que un centavo (americano), es capaz de hacer uno de los viajes migratorios más largos de la tierra al cruzar un continente entero, con una navegación precisa a un lugar lejano que jamás ha visitado. En El Vuelo de las Monarca, te unirás al viaje extraordinario y peligroso de las mariposas monarca al seguir la investigación de 40 años de un intrépido científico en busca del escondite secreto de las mariposas monarca. Con cinematografía impresionante y un premiado equipo de producción, un verdadero misterio científico, y cientos de millones de verdaderas mariposas, El Vuelo de las Monarca se eleva magníficamente sobre la pantalla gigante del domo del Heikoff Dome Theater. Domingo, 4PM.
 

OCTOBER 21–22—Astronomy Event: Orionids Meteor Shower—Meteor shower that will be visible after midnight. Shower originates out of the constellation Orion. Remnants of Comet Halley.

 

OCTOBER 26—Halloween Family Day in Balboa Park with discounted admission. Kids 12 and under receive free gallery admission to the Fleet when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids 5 and under can join us in Kid City to get crafty with Pasta Skeletons and Pumpkin Guts. All ages can head to the Tinkering Studio to channel your repressed inventor and go wild with FrankenToys! What mysterious creations will arise as you take apart, mix and match and build previously unimaginable creatures and contraptions? Explore the inner workings of your favorite toys and make something truly unique or perhaps even frightening. Then check out our education table on the Prado and make Slime!

 

 

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 Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (the Fleet) is home to Southern California's only Giant Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, which reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations. Our theater is extraordinary in many ways. It is the world's first IMAX® Dome Theater, the world's first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX theater, and it offers two unique experiences in one space: IMAX films and planetarium shows. The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater boasts a 76-foot tilted Dome screen and a 16,000-watt digital surround sound system, providing a stunning visual and audio experience. Experience eight galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A hurricane simulator thrills visitors with gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in Galileo's Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store. Located at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. For information regarding current admission prices, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at www.rhfleet.org.