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Educator Resource Guide 2013 2014

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 2013–2014 EDUCATOR RESOURCE GUIDE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER WWW.RHFLEET.ORG (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

Our Mission

Education and Scholarship Sponsors


The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center seeks to inspire

Education and scholarship programs are made possible


lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding

thanks to generous donations from:


and enjoyment of science and technology.



The Fleet Education Department seeks to develop



and implement a wide array of educational and



innovative programs to promote lifelong learning and



a deep appreciation of science and technology for the



entire community.





As an informal education- and inquiry-based institution,


the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center offers a number


of activities designed to immerse your students in an


interactive science experience.




Educational experiences include:


• Science To Go


• Workshops


• Guided Tours


• Hands-On Exhibitions


• Nierman Challenger Learning Center


• IMAX Films & Planetarium Shows



Scholarships Scholarships for many of our programs are available to schools based on financial need. Other restrictions may apply. For more information on scholarship availability, please call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806.


IMAX is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.


Mailing Address

Street Address


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center P.O. Box 33303 San Diego, CA 92163

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 Fax: (619) 685-5770 Email: Web:

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center was the first museum in Balboa Park to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance in May of 2010. LEED certification is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance, environmentally responsible green buildings. The ‘LEED Certification Mark’ is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.

Educator Resource Guide Table of Contents 2013–2014 EDUCATOR RESOURCE GUIDE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER WWW.RHFLEET.ORG (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

2 Have fun at the Fleet Science Center without the students! Kindergarten through grade 12 teachers working within a 200-mile radius of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center are

Science To Go & Workshops


Family Science Night & Science Station Investigations


Exhibit Galleries


Nierman Challenger Learning Center


IMAX Films & Planetarium Shows


General Information & Reservations

eligible for free gallery admission with one guest, up to two times per year. School or union ID required.

Volunteering: It’s in your DNA! We are looking for enthusiastic, science-loving individuals (high school & older) to share their time and talents at the Fleet.

On the Cover

Young scientists learn the principles of sound waves by constructing and testing kazoos.

Photo courtesy of IMAX Corporation.

Visit to get started.



Let Us Come to You

Earth Explorations (1.5 hours) Grade 2–4

DNA Decoded (1.5 hours) Grades 6–8

Have our education outreach staff deliver science

Get up close and personal with our planet Earth! Explore

Students learn how DNA makes us unique and how

programs directly to your school, library, community

the properties of rocks, examine different types of soils

it can be used to solve crimes. Students extract

center or other educational venue. All Science To Go

and determine how weathering and erosion contribute

DNA from wheat germ to take home and simulate

programs can also be booked as in-house workshops.

to the Earth’s landscapes.

the process of DNA fingerprinting. Complements our Cellular Journey exhibition.

Science To Go

Fantastic Forces (1.5 hours) Grades 2–5 This hands-on program introduces students to friction,

Superhero Genetics (1.5 hours) Grades 6–8

States of Matter (1 hour) Kindergarten

forces and the laws of motion. Students experiment

Genes play an important role in the makeup of all living

Explore the wonderful states of matter as students

with making parachutes and designing roller coasters to

things. In this humorous approach to genetics, students

discover how liquids turn into solids, solids into

unlock the mysteries of physics!

will use superheroes to discover the fundamental

liquids, liquids into gas and even solids into gas! After

aspects of heredity, including alleles, dominance,

the students explore the relationships between the

Energy Explorers (1.5 hours) Grades 3–6

phenotypes, genotypes and mutations. Complements

states of matter, our educator will present an out-of-

What is energy? Students investigate several different

our Cellular Journey exhibition.

this-world demonstration!

forms of energy, including light, sound, electrical, chemical and thermal energy and learn how each

Insect Inspectors (1.5 hours; 1 hour for grade K)

energy type is used in our daily lives.

Grades K–4 Why do some insects hop and others soar through the

Food Webs (1.5 hours) Grade 4–5

air? Explore amazing adaptations and learn about food

Take a closer look at ecosystems and determine the

chains in this program entirely devoted to the incredible

roles of different plants and animals. Find out how

world of insects.

organisms interact and discover what happens when

Schedule Monday—Friday Programs must be scheduled two weeks in advance and are based on availability. Weekend programs are available with advance notice. Daytime Science To Go programs are scheduled in two-hour blocks to allow for setup and breakdown times.

there is a break in the food chain.

If programs are in different classrooms, we require a minimum of 1 hour between programs for breakdown and setup of the program.

Grades K–3

Water Works (1.5 hours) Grades 4–6


Investigate the many ways of making sound and discover

Students explore how water shapes the land, learn

how it travels through different substances. Students

about the water cycle, investigate local watersheds and

will experiment with waves, explore vibrations and

devise ways to assist with water conservation.

$225.00 for single program $300.00 for double program of the same title if both programs are in the same room with no more than a half hour between programs. If the programs are in different rooms, each program is priced at $225.00.

Sound Science (1.5 hours; 1 hour for grade K)

make their very own imaginative musical instrument. Complements our exhibition GUITAR: The Instrument

Forensic Detectives (1.5 hours) Grades 4–6

That Rocked the World.

In this “mysterious” program, students use chemistry, geology and physics to piece together evidence and crack the case. They learn how to classify mysterious powders, identify minerals, calculate the pH of soils, use microscopy to identify hair follicles and perform chromatography to separate pigments.


Prices subject to change without notice. Maximum of 34 students. Payment must be received two weeks in advance. A mileage fee will be applied for schools located more than 30 miles round-trip from the Fleet Science Center. Teacher or adult staff member from the school site must be present at all times.


Come to Our Classroom

Simple Machines (1.5 hours) Grade 2

Solar Science (1.5 hours) Grade 6

Help make your field trip to the Fleet one your students

In this inventive workshop, students encounter simple

Explore the fundamentals of radiant energy. Students

won’t forget by scheduling an entertaining and

machines in everyday life and learn how they work. They

learn how the sun heats the Earth and then compete

educational workshop with hands-on activities designed

use levers, wheels, screws, pulleys and more to solve the

in a solar design challenge. A great complement to our

to inspire the scientist in us all.

age-old problem of making work easier.

exhibition So WATT! An Illuminating Look at Energy.


Sensational Solar System* (1.5 hours) Grade 3

Discovering DNA (1.5 hours) Grade 6–8

In addition to the workshops below, all of our Science To Go

Learn fascinating information about our neighboring

What do broccoli, bacteria and humans have in common?

programs are available as on-site workshops in the Fleet’s

planets and discover why our solar system is so unique

Learn all about the “blueprint” for life in this interactive

Learning Labs. See page 2 for additional program titles. For

with these out-of-this-world activities.

workshop. Extract DNA from plant material and take home

more information on how these workshops meet California

a sample! Complements our Cellular Journey exhibition.

Education Standards, NGSS and Common Core, please visit:

Electric Avenue (1.5 hours) Grade 4

Use an inquiry-based approach to understand the

Forces in Action* (1.5 hours) Grade 6–8

relationship between electricity and magnetism. Shocking

Have fun with physics in this fast-paced workshop. Using

experiments illuminate this challenging subject.

roller coasters, parachutes and pendulums, students explore

Float or Sink? (1 hour) Pre-K (ages 4–5 only) Does a bowling ball float? How about a feather? Students

motion, unbalanced forces, friction, velocity and more.

make predictions, test ideas and observe outcomes as

Geology Rocks! (1.5 hours) Grade 4

they explore the world of floating and sinking objects.

Junior rock hounds hone their observation and

*Denotes workshop also available as a Science To Go

interpretation skills while exploring the rock cycle and its

Program, based on availability. Kindergarten workshops

relationship to the formation and classification of rocks.

booked as Science To Go programs will be 1 hour in length.

Making Sense of It All* (1.5 hours) Kindergarten What’s that smell? Can you taste that? What is it you see? Students will hear, see, smell, taste and touch their way

Body Works* (1.5 hours) Grade 5

toward understanding of the five senses in this hands-on,

Explore the “ins and outs” of the digestive and circulatory


nose-on, eye-on, ear-on and mouth-on workshop.

systems. Students discover how the food they eat gets

Monday–Friday September–June Book today! Programs are scheduled in two-hour blocks to allow for setup and breakdown times.

from the mouth to the stomach to the intestine, and

Habitats* (1.5 hours) Grades K–2

how hard their hearts must work to keep them moving,

Students sharpen their observation skills while exploring

thinking and learning all day long.

why animals live in different habitats. Students will investigate a terrarium, learn about adaptations and

Chemistry Concepts* (1.5 hours) Grade 5

mimic the eating habits of different species of birds.

Learn the differences between physical and chemical changes in this inquiry-based investigation of the

Weather Watchers* (1.5 hours) Grade K–3

properties of matter. Unlock the indicators of chemical

Students take on the role of meteorologists to discover

changes, understand what a variable is and figure out

what makes the weather. They’ll learn why weather

how reactants make products.

changes and then create instruments to measure the various changes.


Price $155.00 per workshop (25 students or less) Each additional student: $6 Gallery admission included. Prices subject to change without notice. Maximum of 34 students and 8 adults.

Science To Go & Workshops


Family Science Night 2013–2014 EDUCATOR RESOURCE GUIDE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER WWW.RHFLEET.ORG (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

What your school provides for Family Science Night:

Go Green! (1.5 hours) Grades 4–8

•A minimum of 10 adult volunteers to facilitate activities

live! Participants explore environmental science

•11 tables (10 for the activities and 1 for sign-in)

alternative energy, conservation, ocean ecosystems

•A large open space, such as a cafeteria

and much more.

Find out how to make the planet a better place to through hands-on activities related to climate change,

or multipurpose room

Geometry With a Twist (1.5 hours) Grades K–8 Choose from the following themes:

Experience geometry in a delightfully twisted new way! Participants will use their minds and bodies to explore

Behind the Magic (1.5 hours) Grades K–6

real-world examples of geometrical concepts, including

You won’t believe your eyes as you discover that

angles, tessellations, spatial reasoning, symmetry,

it’s science, not magic, that makes the impossible

scale and much more.

possible. Parents and students work together to unlock the mysteries behind magnetism, physics,

Family Science Night

air pressure, buoyancy, chemistry and much, much


more. Fun for all ages! Complements our On the Fly:

Times must be scheduled two weeks in advance and are

Technology Takes Off exhibition.

based on availability.

Fantastic Physics (1.5 hours) Grades K–8

Let us bring our science expertise to your school event!

Discover how fantastic physics can be in this

Family Science Night brings children, parents and

program designed to teach parents and children how

teachers together for hands-on science experiences in

science affects their everyday lives. Using hands-

a fun atmosphere. These highly engaging events are

on investigations, participants explore a variety of

held at your educational facility and provide standards-

scientific concepts, including air pressure, gravity,

based science investigations for students and their

buoyancy, electricity, magnetism, motion, sound and

families. Bilingual materials provided.

light. Complements our On the Fly: Technology Takes

What the Fleet provides for Family Science Night: Amazing Space (1.5 hours) Grades K–8

•Two trained Fleet educators to provide support

Participants explore hands-on activities based upon

prior to event

Prices subject to change without notice. Maximum of 300 participants, including children and adults. Payment must be received two weeks in advance. A mileage fee will be charged for schools located more than 30 miles round-trip from the Fleet Science Center.

they meet California Education Standards, can be found

•Materials for 10 interactive science investigations

•45-minute training for teachers and adult volunteers


More information on outreach programs, including how

Off exhibition.

throughout the event


stars, galaxies, constellations, the solar system, planets, moons, asteroids, comets and space travel. Discover just how amazing our universe is.


at: The Fleet Science Center would like to thank Las Patronas and Mossy Toyota for their support of educational outreach programs and funding of the Fleet’s hybrid outreach vehicle.


Guided Tours

Science Station Investigation

stations, they will learn the concepts of buoyancy, inertia,

Science Station Investigation brings a sampling of

potential energy, air pressure, optical illusions and much,

a variety of hands-on science experiences for an

much more. Fun for all! Complements our On the Fly:

Center’s exhibit spaces. A knowledgeable team member

exciting large-group program in your cafeteria, gym or

Technology Takes Off exhibition.

will escort your students through the many galleries

multipurpose room. These highly engaging events are

Join us for a fun, interactive tour of the Fleet Science

of the Fleet for deeper learning. Guided Tours include

held at your educational facility during the school day

Science of Magic (2 hours) Grades K–8

demonstrations and fun facts that will prepare students

and provide standards-based science investigations in a

Even more magical than magic is the science behind

to continue exploring the exhibits with your chaperones

festival atmosphere.

the magic. Your students will be wowed as they make

after the tour.

ping-pong balls float, create optical illusions, move a

What the Fleet provides for Science Station Investigation:

can with a balloon, pop the lids off bottles with gas and create polymers. What seemed like magic will be


• Materials for 10 interactive science investigations (for

revealed as simple science concepts that can be done


anywhere and anytime.


groups of 90 students or less) • OR: Materials for 5 interactive science investigations (for groups of 91 to 180 students) • Two Fleet educators to provide support throughout the event • 45-minute training for teachers and adult volunteers prior to the event

Tours are one hour in length

Spectacular Space (2 hours) Grades K–8 A spectacular time will be had by all as students explore


the wonders of space! Students will create craters, build

$150.00 per tour (maximum of 15 students)

rockets, calculate their weight on different worlds, make

Gallery admission included.

star finders and test the strength of parachutes. By the

Prices subject to change without notice.

end of the day, they will be on their way to having the

What your school provides for Science Station Investigation:

Right Stuff needed to explore our mysterious universe!

• 20 or more adult volunteers to facilitate activities, in addition to at least one teacher for every 30 students


• 10 tables, set up around the space for 10 stations

Must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and is

• A large, open space, such as a cafeteria or

dependent on instructor availability. Program time is 2 hours,

multipurpose room

with an additional 45 minutes prior for volunteer training. This program is to be scheduled during school hours.

Choose from the following themes:

Price $750.00

Fun With Physics (2 hours) Grades K–8 We’ll come to your school and provide the activities, the physics and the fun! If you and your class have ever wondered how a catapult launches, a roller coaster spins, a boat floats or a balloon soars, this is the investigation

Maximum of 180 students total, with no more than 90 students in the auditorium at one time. Payment must be received two weeks in advance. A mileage fee will be charged for schools located more than 30 miles round-trip from the Fleet Science Center.

for you. As your students cycle through our different


Family Science Night & Science Station Investigation

Science Station Investigation

Exhibit Galleries 2013–2014 EDUCATOR RESOURCE GUIDE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER WWW.RHFLEET.ORG (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

Exhibit Galleries Look! Touch! Listen! Do!

Traveling Exhibitions

Look for new challenges with the Bicycle Wheel Gyro, Strobe Flower and Magnetic Wave Machine, and enjoy

Our eight interactive exhibit galleries, featuring more

NEW! Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World

than 100 hands-on exhibits, are specially designed

December 20, 2013–April 6, 2014

to encourage experimentation and are included in

The guitar is the most enduring icon in American

every field trip. Students love field trips to our exhibit

history. This fully immersive exhibition explores all

galleries because they know they’re going to have fun!

facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from

Teachers love field trips because they know students

its history over the past 400 years to the science

gain irreplaceable first-hand experience with core

of creating sound with wood and steel. You and

August 2, 2013–December 31, 2013

science concepts.

your students will experience the science, sound,

Explore aerodynamics and flight technology in the

history and cultural impact of the guitar in an

Fleet’s newest exhibition, On the Fly: Technology Takes

exhibition that contains more than 60 instruments—

Off. The exhibition features multiple daily performances

ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly

by small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),

popular and innovative—along with hands-on

complemented by interactive stations where visitors

interactives, models, touchscreens, performance

can create flying objects of their own and then test

video, audio, stunning images and photographs.

them out using wind tubes or a motorized airplane

popular favorites the Whisper Dishes, Tornado and Pedal Generator! Bilingual! This exhibition has been funded in part by the County of San Diego and The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.

NEW! On the Fly

launcher. A digital media kiosk highlights current events GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World is an

involving unmanned flight technology and its uses.

exciting and engaging experience that gives you and your students the chance to interact with the guitar not only from the perspective of its history, evolution and design, but through the music it has created and the technology that continues to enhance it.

The On the Fly exhibit and demonstration are made possible by Charles and Lisa Bergan, Beyster Family Foundation Fund IV, Qualcomm Inc., Brain Corporation, Matt and Dawn Grob and General Atomics.

Ongoing Exhibitions

A Touring Exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum.

Nano Explor-O-Rama: Get Your Hands On Science!

Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family

Now through June 1, 2014

audiences in nanoscale science, engineering and

Our Main Gallery exhibition combines some of our

technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of

all-time favorite exciting interactive exhibits from San

nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-

Francisco’s Exploratorium. This collection features

world applications and explore the societal and ethical

opportunities to explore mechanics, motion, math,

implications of this new technology. Bilingual!

hearing, electricity and many other interconnected areas of science—sometimes all at the same time!



Tinkering Studio

Block Busters!

Hubble Space Telescope and other exploration missions

Guests of all ages can follow in the inventive footsteps of

Build free-form structures with thousands of wooden

downloaded daily from NASA and presented on a large

Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Leonardo da

KEVA (Knowledge-Exploration-Visual Arts) planks; no

plasma screen.

Vinci in this hands-on workshop area. Originally part of

glue or connectors necessary. They can be stacked in an

a highly successful 2009 exhibit used to test and refine

infinite number of ways that might look as unstable as a

Kid City (Five and under)

activities, we discovered that the Tinkering Studio provided

house of cards but can be surprisingly stable no matter

From conveyer belts to cranes to air chutes and grocery

a flexible environment capable of supporting a vast array

how large the structure (and it can get quite large!).

stores, young visitors (infants through age five) work, create, play and learn as they experience wonders of the

of enriching educational programming. In the Tinkering Studio, visitors can experiment and collaborate on

Your students will think like engineers and build like

everyday working world within this fun and interactive

immersive, creative activities designed to spark curiosity

architects with KEVA planks. The National Association for

space. The Kid City gallery features experiences with

and foster exploration. Because the schedule of specific

the Education of Young Children emphasizes that block

cars and fire trucks as well as the popular Ball Wall and

times and activities in the Tinkering Studio changes, it will

play helps young children learn across many academic

Grocery Store. Bilingual!

be posted at the entrance of the exhibit. For more details,

subjects, from vocabulary building to sorting and

please visit our website at:

grouping math skills to experiments with gravity, balance

and geometry. Be sure to visit this exhibition and take the Block Busters! challenge!

Norris Foundation and the Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust.

So WATT! An Illuminating Look at Energy Energy is all around us! There are many ways to convert energy into electricity, used for everything

Through this exhibition, developed by the Fleet Science

from lighting our homes to powering computers

Center and made possible by a grant from the Life

and appliances. Explore some of the ways energy is

Technologies Foundation, students will expand their

generated and learn why the Reuben H. Fleet Science

knowledge and appreciation of human cell biology,

Center is on the cutting edge of electricity production.

the importance of stem cells and the potential impact regenerative and personalized medicine. They will be able to explore the unseen world of human cell biology,

So WATT! An Illuminating Look at Energy is made possible by grants from San Diego Gas & Electric and Shell Trading with additional support from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.

learn about what cells do and even examine real human tissue samples under a microscope. Plus, see what the

Origins in Space: Spin-Offs in Science & Technology

layout and functions of a typical stem cell research lab

Do you know what tennis rackets are made of? This

look like and explore some of the real-life techniques

photographic exhibition, created by the Fleet Science

scientists use in the lab when working with stem cells.

Center, presents scientific accomplishments and technological spin-offs that have resulted from NASA

The Cellular Journey exhibition is made possible by the Life Technologies Foundation.

at the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation, an Anonymous Donor, College Savings Plan.

Cellular Journey

of stem cells on medical research in the fields of

Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation, the Nierman Family Fund the Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust, and a sponsorship from ScholarShare

The Tinkering Studio is made possible by a major gift in Honor of Grace and Jeffrey, and generous grants from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L.

The Kid City gallery is made possible by generous gifts and grants from the

missions. It also features the latest images from the


Exhibit Galleries

Exhibit Galleries

Nierman Challenger Learning Center 2013–2014 EDUCATOR RESOURCE GUIDE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER WWW.RHFLEET.ORG (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

Aging for All Ages This exhibition, created by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, is designed for … well, all ages! Groups learn about wellness and healthy lifestyle choices through fun and engaging interactive exhibits. Peer into a microscope and look at the differences between old and young tissue samples. This exhibition is funded by a grant and ongoing support from MetLife Foundation Partnership for Lifelong Learning. Additional ongoing support provided by Aging & Independence Services, a division of the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency.

Gallery of Illusions and Perceptions This permanent exhibition leaves you wondering if you can believe what you see … and feel. Designed to explore how your senses of sight and touch work, this

Take the ultimate field trip!


exhibition challenges you to discover how your mind and

Check out our Nierman Challenger Learning Center.

Our realistic, high-tech mission control simulator allows

body work together by observing the world around you.

With fresh graphics, state-of-the-art displays and

students to use computer consoles and video screens

flexible mission scenarios, our Challenger experience

to monitor and direct a simulated space mission. While

San Diego’s Water: From Source to Tap

is even better than ever! The realistic Mission Control

conducting research relevant to their mission scenario,

This timely exhibition explores water distribution and

mock-up and Space Station introduce students to the

students build effective communication, coordination

conservation in San Diego County. Interactive elements

teamwork, technology and drama involved in space

and decision-making skills.

include an opportunity for visitors to view the sources

travel. All missions meet State Standards and State

of San Diego’s water and the methods of delivering and

Framework for grades 3–12. Visit

processing this vital resource.

learn/educators-resource-guide/nierman-challengerlearning-center-standards for more information.

This exhibition is supported by The City of San Diego Water Department and the County of San Diego Water Authority, with additional funding from the Hans & Margaret Doe Charitable Trust and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Challenger Mission Scenarios Micronauts Grades 3–4


Third and fourth grade students join our flight

Closely mirroring the work of astronauts in orbit, your

directors for a unique mission simulation! Our

astronaut team will perform science experiments

Micronauts program includes a one-hour Mini

onboard our futuristic space station simulator and

Discovery Mission and a one-hour extra venue activity.

Exhibits are created and updated regularly. Check

communicate the results to their colleagues in the

Third-grade students learn about the electromagnetic

availability when making reservations.

mission control simulator. Astronauts may monitor and

spectrum and how best to protect our astronauts from

test life support systems, work in the clean room to build

the devastating effects of radiation in space, and

and launch a scientific space probe or use the isolation

fourth-grade students learn about the roles of

station robots to analyze extraterrestrial samples.

electromagnets in engineering and space exploration.



On each Mini Discovery Mission, young astronauts are

How to Reserve Your Challenger Mission

part of an elite team of scientists, engineers and

• Carefully read the information about the Nierman

mathematicians on the International Space Station.

Challenger Learning Center on pages 8–9.

Traveling 230 miles above the Earth’s surface, they

• Choose a mission, date and time, along with

conduct up to 10 different hands-on activities, including testing the insulating properties of materials, classifying

alternate dates.

HEIKOFF GIANT DOME THEATER SHOWS Featuring a virtually seamless, 76-foot, tilted Nanoseam™ Dome screen, the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs

• Schedule a teacher prep at least one month before

Heikoff Giant Dome Theater functions both as Southern

rocks, investigating objects under a microscope and

your visit. These are available on the second

California’s only IMAX® Dome Theater and the largest

exploring the planets in our solar system.

Wednesday and Saturday of each month.

planetarium in the state. Completely filling viewers’ peripheral vision, the hemispheric screen immerses you

Return to the Moon

Teacher Prep Mandatory

in the action and creates the illusion of being suspended

Grades 5 and up

Teachers new to the Challenger Learning Center are

in space. Our state-of-the-art digital GSX™ projection

The year is 2020. For the first time since Apollo 17 in

required to attend a Teacher Prep training session—

system augments the existing IMAX projector, providing

1972, a crew of astronauts is returning to the Moon.

preferably at least one month prior to their students’

one of the most comprehensive and powerful full-dome

Their goals are to establish a permanent base to make

mission. The objectives of the Teacher Prep are to

experiences available today.

further lunar observations, study the feasibility of

familiarize teachers with Challenger Learning Center

creating a self-sustaining lunar settlement and serve as a

procedures, help teachers maximize the learning

Film Schedule

stepping stone for future manned planetary exploration.

experience for their students during the mission and

YOU call the shots! Select a film and date range for your

Navigating their way into lunar orbit, students launch a

provide teachers with resources for incorporating the

visit. Then, call a Client Services representative to identify

probe and analyze a variety of data to select a landing

mission into their curriculum. Educational materials will be

the best match for your needs. Films can be shown at

site for the S.S. Phoenix spacecraft.

provided. Teacher prep must be repeated every two years.

9:45 and 10:45 a.m. Your reservation for 50 or more students locks in a film, date and time. Book your field trip

Voyage to Mars


now! Check for the latest shows to use

Grades 5 and up

Monday–Friday 9:30–11:00 a.m. or 12:00–1:30 p.m.

with your curriculum!

Voyage to Mars in the year 2076 to replace a crew stationed on the Martian surface at Chryse Station—a permanent research base. In addition to continuing research, students calculate trajectories for entering and exiting Martian orbit and launch two probes to the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos. Stunning video images narrated by the Challenger flight staff teach students some amazing facts about the fascinating geographic features of Mars.


Price $395.00 per mission, September—June $295.00 per mission, July—August $30.00 for teacher prep and materials

Discover California’s natural wonders and unique culture! Celebrate the Golden State’s wild nature and learn how and why we must preserve it. (Available in Spanish.)

Prices subject to change without notice. Gallery admission included. Minimum of 16 students. Maximum of 36 students.


Moon missions are available February, April, June, August, October and December.

plains with over 1.5 million animals, including wildebeest,

Mars missions are available January, March, May, July, September and November.

Join the Great Migration and journey across the Serengeti zebras, giraffes, elephants, monkeys and more.

cont. on page 10


Nierman Challenger Learning Center

IMAX Films & Planetarium Shows

IMAX Films & Planetarium Shows 2013–2014 EDUCATOR RESOURCE GUIDE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER WWW.RHFLEET.ORG (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

DEEP SEA (GRADES K–12) Dive in! Famed oceanic filmmaker Howard Hall (Into the Deep) guides this immersive adventure that lets you swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures of the planet.

DOLPHINS (GRADES K–12) This Academy Award-nominated film invites viewers to take the plunge with dolphins, from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the windswept seas of Patagonia.

EVEREST (GRADES 4–12) Experience the dramatic story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength and triumph in the wake of tragedy on the world’s highest mountain.




Explore the harsh conditions, unique majesty and

Enter the magical, miniscule world of a butterfly

Join the monarchs’ perilous and extraordinary

unequaled beauty of the 49th state.

and a praying mantis, and meet their bizarre and

journey while following an intrepid scientist’s

beautiful buggy friends. (Available in Spanish.)

40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret


hideaway. (Available in Spanish.)

Witness the most mysterious, spectacular and


amusing migrations on the planet, from zebras in Africa

Soar over the volcanic peaks of Tahiti, dive 350 feet


to monarch butterflies in Mexico. (Available in Spanish.)

to explore deep corals off the shore of Fiji and swim

Showcasing the awesome spectacle of earthquakes,

among hundreds of sharks in the canyons of the

volcanoes and severe storms, this film follows

Rangiroa atoll.

scientists as they go on ground-breaking quests

BORN TO BE WILD (GRADES K–12) From the rainforests of Borneo to the Kenyan

to understand how these natural disasters

savannah, follow two teams of experts as they


rescue, rehabilitate and return orangutans and

Mixing exciting computer animation with cutting-edge

elephants back to the wild. (Available in Spanish.)

science, COSMIC VOYAGE provides a sweeping view of


the universe across some 42 orders of magnitude and

(GRADES 4–12)

explores some of the greatest scientific theories.

Take an exhilarating river-rafting adventure down

are triggered. (Available in Spanish.)

the Colorado River on a critical mission of water conservation and river restoration.






Featuring stunning imagery of distant galaxies, planets

Set against the wondrous backdrop of the sweeping Nile

Experience face-to-face encounters with some of the

and the birth of stars, HUBBLE showcases NASA’s

and the majestic Giza pyramids, this film takes the viewer

most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea

last mission to service one of history’s most

on an engaging journey through the Land of the Pharaohs.

in the most exotic and isolated locations on Earth,

important observatories. (Available in Spanish.)

including southern Australia and Papua New Guinea.


(Available in Spanish.)


Encounter dangerous rapids, hippos and crocodiles, as

Get an astonishing look at the daily biological processes

well as the beauty of ancient cultures from Ethiopia to


that go on in our own bodies without our control and often

Egypt, as you travel the world’s longest river. (Available

Meet blue whales, orca whales, white whales and

without our notice. (Available in Spanish.)

in Spanish.)

dolphins while following humpbacks traveling thousands



Intrepid filmmakers and cavers bring back unprecedented

Experience monsoons, hurricanes and tornadoes

footage from remote ice caves, underwater caves and

around the planet as you journey with scientists seeking


terrestrial caves.

to predict these phenomena.

Enjoy the spectacular beauty, dramatic geothermal

of miles from the frigid coast of Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii.

activity and unique wildlife of Yellowstone National Park,

LEWIS & CLARK: Great Journey West (GRADES 4–5)


including a sunrise over the Grand Tetons and a trip inside

This film follows Lewis and Clark’s grueling 8,000-mile

To the Arctic takes you on a never-before-seen journey

Old Faithful.

expedition through prairies, forests and river rapids as

into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-

they document plant and animal specimens and meet

month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic

with Native American tribes at the turn of the 19th

wilderness they call home.

Planetarium Shows Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

century. (Available in Spanish.)


(GRADES 4–12)


Follow the spectacular feats performed by three

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, produced by the

Filmed in stunning locations around the world, this film

athletes—a rock climber, an Olympic skier and a prima

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will guide you

celebrates the beauty, power and importance of the ocean.

ballerina—including endoscopic photography of the body’s

through otherworldly wormholes to experience the

inner workings.

creation of the Milky Way galaxy and the violent death of

MUMMIES: Secrets of the Pharaohs (GRADES 4–12)

a star and subsequent birth of a black hole.

Follow explorers and scientists as they piece together the


archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies,

See the first IMAX feature solely about tornadoes: the


bringing to life the fascinating and mysterious world of the

people they attract, the scientists who study them and the

The new digital show Cosmic Collisions launches you on a

pharaohs. (Available in Spanish.)

awesome spectacle they create. (Available in Spanish.)

thrilling trip through space and time to explore the astronomical impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. From subatomic cont. on page 12


IMAX Films & Planetarium Shows

IMAX Films & Planetarium Shows

IMAX Films & Planetarium Shows 2013–2014 EDUCATOR RESOURCE GUIDE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER WWW.RHFLEET.ORG (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

particles to the largest galaxies, cosmic collisions are a

Choosing an IMAX Film or Planetarium Show

universal force of nature. Both creative and destructive,

• Read the show descriptions and grade level


dynamic and dazzling, collisions have resulted in many

recommendations on pages 10–12. Refer to our


things we take for granted—the luminescent Moon, the

website at

Be among the lucky few to spend A Night at the

Sun’s warmth and light, our changing seasons and

resource-guide/imax-films-standards for

Museum! The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s wildly

waves washing up on a sandy shore. They’ve ended the

additional information on how these shows meet

popular nocturnal adventure experience has new and

age of dinosaurs and changed the very map of the

California Education Standards. Additional titles

exciting updates this season. As the doors close and

cosmos, reforming galaxies and giving birth to new stars

may be available. Please ask a Client Services

the lights dim, you and your group will head out with

and new worlds. Cosmic Collisions gives you an

representative for more information.

flashlights in search of adventure. Then you can end your night by falling asleep in the darkened halls of one

unprecedented and extraordinary view of these events— both catastrophic and constructive—that have shaped our world and our universe. Narrated by Robert Redford.

• Make your show selection and call (619) 238-1233 Please have a few time frames in mind.


Reservations are not accepted for the first Monday

(Grades 2–12)

or Tuesday of each month.

Tales of the Maya Skies will immerse you in Maya science, art and mythology. The Maya observed,

of San Diego’s favorite museums.

ext. 806 to identify potential dates for your visit. This night of fun includes: • Museum admission and exploration of our exhibit galleries • IMAX or Planetarium show • Most shows can be captioned and provisions can

• DVD on the Dome—movie of your choice

documented and predicted astronomical events with

be made for your sign language interpreters as well.

• Dinner

great accuracy, and they even built their cities and

Please notify the Education Department at least two

• Evening snack

temples to align to the movements of the Sun, Moon

weeks in advance if arrangements need to be made.

• Light breakfast

and planets. Their observations and sophisticated mathematical system also allowed them to develop a

• Some films may be available in Spanish. Restrictions

precise calendar system that fascinates the world to

apply. Call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 for details.

Your school can host your own museum adventure from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Open to students ages 6–13.

this day. You’ll be transported to the jungles of Mexico to explore the rich history and culture of this ancient


civilization. Narrated by Latin Grammy Award-winner

Monday–Friday September–June:


9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m.

Lila Downs.

Space is limited and dates sell out quickly.

Price $7.00 per person $1,800.00 for buyout (310 people max) One-hour visit to exhibit galleries included. Allow one hour for your theater experience. Film titles and dates are subject to availability. Prices subject to change without notice. Call 619-238-1233 ext. 806 for the latest pricing information.


For the latest availability information, please call our Special Events department at (619) 685-5761.

Price $65 per child (50 minimum) $30 for adults/chaperones (17 minimum) Prices subject to change without notice.


Reservations | Transportation | Chaperones | Orientation | Lunches How to Make a Reservation



Reservations can be made by calling our Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 or emailing registration-field-trip-policies

Each group visiting the Fleet Science Center is responsible for making travel arrangements to and from our location. Please be sure to schedule a bus for your group immediately after making your reservation with us.

Food, beverages, candy and gum are not to be consumed in the Exhibit Galleries or Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center provides indoor shelving for storage of lunch sacks and backpacks. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Use of these shelves is at your own risk. We recommended students do not bring electronics or other items that will be left unattended.

When making a reservation, please provide an estimated count of students and chaperones. If these numbers change, notify the Client Services Department. Reservations are not guaranteed until confirmed. Tentative reservations or date holds are not accepted. If you have not received confirmation within seven days of booking, please contact the Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 or Other rules, policies, procedures and restrictions apply and will be sent to you with your confirmation. It is important to read these materials carefully before your visit as cancellation fees apply.

If you need assistance, we recommend contacting San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). MTS provides discounts for advance group bookings. Visit MTS at for more information.

Chaperones We require one adult chaperone per 10 students for 2nd grade and up, and one adult chaperone per five students for pre-K through 1st grade. Required adults are free. Adults beyond the required number must pay admission. Does not apply to sleepovers. (See page 12.)

Check-In & Orientation

Educators are encouraged to make their own reservations. Please be sure that permission for the field trip has been obtained before calling.

Groups are required to check in no later than 15 minutes prior to their first scheduled program and must pay in full at that time. No other discounts, coupons, Member vouchers or passes may be used in conjunction with the education program prices.

Group sales for our public IMAX shows are available at an additional cost. All groups of 15 or more must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance. We cannot guarantee space for groups without a reservation. Please call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 to make a reservation.

Your group will be given an orientation upon arrival. For the safety and enjoyment of everyone visiting the Fleet, we kindly ask that your group follow the rules. We reserve the right to remove any individual or group not in compliance with reasonable standards of behavior.


There are no facilities located inside the museum for students to eat their lunch. Schools should plan to enjoy their lunch in Balboa Park. Galactic Lunch Sacks are available for purchase in advance from Galileo’s Café. These are $8.50 per person and include: ½ turkey, ham or vegetarian sandwich; chips; granola bar, raisins or apple slices (choose two); bottled water, milk, juice box or canned soda To place an order, please call the Senior Retail Manager at (619) 238-1233 ext. 724.

Fleet Grab Bags Students can purchase a Fleet grab bag from the North Star Science Store for $7.00. Contents of the grab bags are specially selected and correlate to current Fleet exhibitions. Please place these orders in advance by calling (619) 238-1233 ext. 724. Teachers also receive a 10% discount for individual purchases at the North Star Science Store.

General Information & Reservations

General Information & Reservations

P.O. Box 33303 San Diego, CA 92163

NEW! Guided Tours

Save the Date!

Science Station Investigation

Teacher Open House,

States of Matter

October 29th

Common Core Standards

5:30–8:00 p.m.!

Next Generation Science Standards

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GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World Opens December 20, 2013

Reuben H. Fleet Educator Resource Guide 2013-2014