On Saturday, June 2, we will close at 3pm for our annual gala.
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Summer (Camp) Lovin'

Did you know that Fleet's Summer Science Camps are a great way to keep your children and grandchildren involved in science education all year long?  Just ask Mike Pineda, a Fleet member, who has been registering his eight year old twin boys in education programs for the past two years.

 

It takes more than luck ...

Did you know that only one out of 10,000 clovers has four leaves? This might make your St. Patrick’s Day hunt a bit harder than you think. Let us help you find your “lucky” four-leafed clover … with science!

 

First, you need to find the perfect place. You can find approximately 200 clovers in a plot of clover-growing grass or field that spreads about one-square foot. This means that a space of about 12-square feet should contain a four-leaf clover.

 

The Moment of Truth

By Jackie Valentine

Just a few weeks ago, the Fleet hosted our second Paper Airplane Day in the theater lobby. Participants mixed aerodynamics with origami techniques to construct a properly balanced plane. The planes had to be the right size and shape to generate enough lift to fly. No cuts or tape were allowed. Drawing on the templates of the current paper airplane distance world record holder, we explored sophisticated “nose locking” folds that helped keep the nose end components of the plane together during flight.

First Date: A Fleet Love Story

The Fleet has members throughout the United States. But Dr. Stephen Skaper and his wife, Dr. Laura Facci, are our only international members. While living in San Diego, Stephen joined the Fleet the year we opened, and over the past 45 years, he and Laura have supported us while they lived here, then in England and now in Italy, where they are semi-retired.

An Epic Star Wars Event

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Tickets are selling fast for the Fleet Science Center's exclusive private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Thursday, December 14. Not only will you get to see the film the night before it officially opens, but you'll also be treated to an epic pre-party with R2D2, Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion, live Star Wars-inspired art by Daniel Jaimes, lightsaber battle training by the Underground Lightsaber Fighters and so much more!

America's New Astronauts

After evaluating a record number of applications, NASA will introduce its new astronaut candidates on Wednesday, June 7, at noon (local time) from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The announcement will be broadcast on NASA TV, and you can also watch it live at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive/.

A Bricking Amazing Exhibition

Starry Night, made from LEGO bricks

The Art of the Brick is a hit! This exhibition, which features artworks made by Nathan Sawaya from LEGO bricks, is thrilling visitors of all ages. 

Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseids in 2015 by Matt Dieterich

This Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12, is one of the best annual meteor showers you and your family or friends can watch: the Perseids. And some experts are even predicting that there might be a meteor “outburst” this year—where the number of shooting stars increases beyond the usual rates.

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