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San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

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The Festival dates are March 15-22, 2014. Signature events include Balboa Park's STEAM Family Day on Sunday, March 16, and Expo Day, on Saturday, March 22, at Petco Park. Don't miss a moment! Learn more at the official Festival website.

Join the Fleet's Festival Activities

Sunday, March 16: STEAM Family Day in Balboa Park 

STEAM Family Day in Balboa Park is a park-wide event. Outside on the Prado, stop by the Fleet’s booth to test your skills at cleaning the ocean. The Fleet Science Center has challenged young engineers to create devices to collect trash from the sea without harming marine life. The students from the Fleet’s after-school SciTech program will showcase devices they’ve designed for this challenge, and they’ll invite you to try your hand at a simulated ocean clean-up. This activity is free!

Inside the Fleet, you can interact with more than 100 exhibits, including those in GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World. Be sure to step into the Tinkering Studio to explore the science of sound. There, you can explore ways to make your own kind of music using items found around the house. In the Theater Lobby, you can check out everything from cooking to cars, thanks to San Diego’s Makers.

On STEAM Family Day we'll be offering free gallery admission or 20% off gallery + 1 theater show admission for children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, all day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about STEAM Family Day, visit www.balboapark.org/steamday.

Tuesday, March 18: Astronomy Night in San Diego

The Fleet is coordinating a night of star-gazing throughout the community, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Take a look through a telescope and learn more about the galaxy we call home. For locations and details, visit Astronomy Night

Thursday, March 20: Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar

It's not a joke ... it's a fun program that brings scientists to local bars to answer your burning science questions! For this kick-off event, 50 scientists will be at 25 bars all throughout San Diego County. Check our Two Scientists page to find out where they'll be and when.

Saturday, March 22: Expo Day at Petco Park

Come visit the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center booth at Expo Day, the Festival's culminating event. It's fun, it's free, and it's chock full of science. Investigate illusions at our booth and get a super science giveaway. We'll also have a fun, hands-on activity for preschoolers. And don't miss our stage show! 

Proud Sponsor

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has supported the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering since its inception in 2009. We're a proud Silver Sponsor of the Festival this year. 

Now in its fifth year, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering occurs every March and features eight days of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers. The Festival serves to raise awareness of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and to inspire San Diego’s youth to pursue education and careers in these rewarding fields. The Festival draws more than 55,000 people to their events. More information is available at www.sdsciencefestival.com.