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Red blood cells, large and small!

By Alyson Smith

We can learn a lot about animals by looking at their cells, and red blood cells are no exception. These specialized cells—found in vertebrates and six other groups of animals—travel in blood vessels to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs (or gills) and the rest of the body. Red blood cells get their color from heme, an iron-containing molecule that transports oxygen. 

Happy National STEM Day

STEM Day

Qualcomm Incorporated celebrates National STEM Day, November 8, 2018, by reaffirming the Company’s commitment to its Corporate Responsibility initiatives that spark young people’s passion for science, technology, engineering and math, and will inspire the next generation of inventors to transform industries and enrich people’s lives.

Fleetster Friday: Meet Daniel Aguirre

It’s #FleetsterFriday! This week, we’re featuring Community Engagement Manager and City Heights resident, Daniel Aguirre. Daniel is the brains behind the Fleet’s 52 Weeks of Science program and can often be found out in the community, connecting area students and residents to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities in their backyard!

Fleetster Friday: Meet Kit Medina

It’s #FleetsterFriday! This week, we’re featuring San Diego native, Kit Medina. Kit is a bit of a Renaissance man here at the Fleet. You may recognize him from his memorable MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition live shows.

Organic Compounds on Mars

Mars Curiosity Rover

by Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center

 

The latest news from Mars Curiosity is awesome!

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, NASA announced the Mars Curiosity rover discovered evidence of organic compounds in the soil of Mars and methane in the Martian atmosphere. The Curiosity rover is a mobile chemistry laboratory, capable of measuring chemicals in the soil and atmosphere. It’s been doing measurements in Gale Crater since August 2012.

A few things to note:

Remembering Stephen Hawking

by Brianne Brown

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." –Stephen Hawking

March 14th is generally a celebration of all things math and science. One of science’s most recognizable figures is Albert Einstein, whose birthday is celebrated alongside Pi Day (3.14—the numerical equivalent of pi). But while STEM enthusiasts have cause for celebration today, so too do we mourn the loss of Dr. Stephen Hawking, who died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76.

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.

From Hawaii With Love!

 Membership is the perfect gift for family and friends!

Meet two of the Fleet Science Center’s most loyal supporters! Mitch Pflugh and Will Pflugh are two of the Fleet’s most loyal friends—going back to the 1980s! Mitch is a former board trustee and Will oversaw the construction of the Fleet’s building expansion in the late 1990s. Even though they moved to Hawaii, they haven't forgotten how much they enjoyed visiting the Fleet.

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