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San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering







The Fleet Science Center hosts an exciting schedule of science events as part of the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering! The week kicks off at EXPO Day on Saturday, March 2, and continues through Sunday, March 10.

Throughout the rest of the week, the Fleet will host an abundance of science- and technology-themed events for all ages, including STEM demonstrations at neighborhood libraries and an IMAX® film festival. This is all in addition to the regular collection of interactive exhibits at the Fleet and the science center’s current collection of permanent exhibitions, including It's Electric, and our twice-daily, live show, Don't Try This at Home!

Here is the full rundown of the Festival events the Fleet has planned:

  • 52 Weeks of Science, a program organized by the Fleet, offers free STEM events for all ages on March 4, March 5 and March 7, as well as throughout the month. All 52 Weeks of Science events are free and take place at various locations in Clairemont and Barrio Logan
  • On Monday, March 4, the Fleet hosts Sharp Minds, a lecture series in conjunction with Senior Mondays, where participants can learn from local scientists about their latest research and discoveries. The lecture is free with the purchase of the noon IMAX ticket.
  • Also on March 4, Suds & Science spotlights neurodegeneration and brain plasticity. This 21+ event costs $5 and will be held at Stone Brewing in Liberty Station. 
  • Tuesday, March 5, is Residents’ Free Day. As a thank you to San Diego County residents, the Fleet offers free admission to the museum’s regular exhibit galleries on the first Tuesday of every month.
  • Also on March 5, the Fleet is hosting The Ultimate Bartender Battle for the 21+ crowd at Royale. Five local bartenders will be working with five local scientists to create the best tasting, best looking, most exciting and overall best cocktail. 
  • On March 6, the Fleet is hosts surfers Chris Clark and Phil Bresnahan at Amplified for a discussion of the science behind surfing and how surfers can take an active part in helping ocean and coast line preservation efforts. 
  • In conjunction with the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, the Fleet Science Center welcomes guests to encounter science from an ethical viewpoint. During the Wednesday, March 6, session, the discussion will focus on cybersecurity research. This event is free. Please visit ethicscenter.net to register.
  • The Fleet Science Center's montly planetarium show, The Sky Tonight, will discuss Ice Giants on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 and 8:15 p.m. The show is followed by telescope viewings with the San Diego Astronomy Association. 
  • The Fleet will host a special edition of Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar on Thursday, March 7. This event is putting the "A" in STEAM by bringing a scientist and an artist to a bar to engage in interesting conversations with patrons. Check to see if they'll be at your favorite watering holes throughout the county. 
  • Weekend Science Club meets on the second weekend of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Saturday, March 9, is Saturday Science Club for girls in grades 5–8, and Sunday, March 10 is for all students in grades 5–8. This month, Weekend Science Clubs will be celebrating all things Pi in celebration of Pi Day on March 14.
  • On March 9, come down to Balboa Park for Fleet Night of Science, an event for chic geeks 21+. This adults-only event allows visitors to have the Science Center all to themselves after hours. Don't miss the chance to explore the Fleet's newest exhibition, Pause|Play, dedicated to recapturing the nostalgia of your childhood playground experiences. No Adulting Allowed! 
  • Don’t miss the IMAX Film Festival at the Fleet March 9 and 10. In celebration of the Fleet’s 46th anniversary, Fleet favorites and giant-screen classics will screen every hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Catch one film or max out with multiple screenings.

In addition to these events, the Fleet will be open 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 set of permanent exhibitions, including Kid City and Studio X. Admission includes a film, and visitors can choose from IMAX films screening hourly in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is a nine-day educational experience designed to engage and encourage kids in science and engineering and work with parents and teachers to inspire today's students to become tomorrow's STEM innovators. The Festival kicks off with its largest event, EXPO Day (March 2), at PETCO Park. EXPO Day is free and open to the public. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations will participate in EXPO Day, in addition to over 60 Festival programs and events that will take place during the following days throughout the county of San Diego. More than 75,000 kids, parents, teachers, industry leaders and community members are expected to attend the Festival.