On Saturday, June 2, we will close at 3pm for our annual gala.
   We’re Open Today
10:00am to 5:00pm

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 3, and continues through Sunday, March 11.

Throughout the rest of the week, the Fleet will host an abundance of science- and technology-themed events for all ages, including 3D printing workshops, 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 visiting exhibitions, including MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition and Taping Shape 2.0.

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

  • On Saturday, March 3, and Saturday, March 10, 52 Weeks of Science, a program organized by the Fleet, offers Messy Science events. Other 52 Weeks of Science topics include Engineering Paper Machines (March 4); STEM in Your Backyard (March 7); Engineering Family Day (March 9); and Engineering and Maintaining Hydroponic Systems (March 10). All 52 Weeks of Science events are free and take place at various locations in Clairemont and Barrio Logan.
  • On Sunday, March 4, the first of a three-session workshop on 3D printing kicks off. Participants can explore new frontiers in computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing and will execute the printing of their very own 3D object. This workshop accommodates participants ages 7+ and is $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers.
  • On Monday, March 5, the Fleet hosts Sharp Minds, a lecture series 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 5, Suds & Science spotlights Women in Science and the important contributions they are making to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. This 21+ event costs $5 and will be held at Stone Brewing in Liberty Station. 
  • Tuesday, March 6, 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.
  • 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 Tuesday, March 7, session, the discussion will focus on high-energy, long-lasting and rechargeable batteries and their ability to reduce greenhouse gases. This event is free. Please visit ethicscenter.net to register.
  • In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Fleet will host a special edition of Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar on Thursday, March 8. This event will feature an all-women contingent of more than 50 female scientists at favorite watering holes throughout the county. 
  • Don’t miss the IMAX Film Festival at the Fleet March 10 and 11. In celebration of the Fleet’s 45th 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.
  • Finally, on Sunday, March 11, the Fleet and the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering will co-produce Makers & Mimosas, the 21+ finale event for Festival Week. This event allows you to sip on a glass of bubbles and participate in a maker station with take-home items and creations. Tickets are $25, and the event will take place at Park & Rec Restaurant in University Heights.

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 current set of traveling exhibitions, including MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, Taping Shape 2.0 and the Fleet’s rebranded and upgraded Tinkering Studio, now called 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 3), 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.