Calling all super scientists! Some of San Diego’s biggest scientific names are descending into the Barrio Logan and Logan Heights neighborhoods to create a year-long celebration of all-things STEM. Helmed by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 52 Weeks of Science is all about nurturing San Diego’s smallest of science lovers. Here’s your guide to what’s in store.

Fun Learning with Serious Brains
The 52 Weeks of Science program is taking STEM education to the next level by connecting local scientists, organizations and kids together through a love of science. Each week of 2016, mini STEM’sters can enjoy hands-on demonstrations, discussions and activities that will make little brains tick and curious minds keep on exploring.

The program has some serious credibility behind it. More than 30 organizations have come together to develop the 52 week festival. Major science players like the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Salk Institute and the Scripps Research Institute are lending their knowledge and guidance along with community pillars like the Boys and Girls Club, San Diego Humane Society and local libraries. Scientists, researchers, engineers and thought leaders from these groups will share their scientific passions and interests in an accessible, free and fun way. So no matter what event you attend, your kiddos will be exposed to great minds!

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Awesome Weekly Learning Events
The 52 week schedule covers a huge variety of scientific interest so no matter if you have a budding entomologist (aka a biologist who loves bugs), robotic engineering buff or an environmental crusader, there’s an event for everyone. Upcoming events rate highly on the awesome scale. Engineering lovers should check out the ongoing Rokenbok class where they’ll design and build toys using some pretty cool engineering principles and the Rokenbok building and construction tools.

Budding environmentalists will enjoy the San Diego Coast Keepers Class that focuses on keeping watersheds and oceans clean. Young scientists will try their hands at an interactive model of water consumption panels, plus investigate different types of trash degrading and its effects on our water ways.

For anyone willing to push the boundaries, we dare you to attend the “Do Not Try This At Home” session where the Reuben H Fleet Science Center, which will help you explore the power of air in a series of cool demonstrations that are too messy, too noisy and too hair raising to do at home.
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How to Join the Fun
The folks at 52 Weeks of Science have made it as easy as possible for everyone to attend. For starters, every single event is free and they’re all scheduled during after-school hours and run for about an hour long. Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in the fun too. And most events are bilingual, so presenters can share in Spanish and English.

The events are continually being planned and optimized based on what families are loving. Be sure to check out the roster of upcoming events and sign up for the newsletter to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox. Be sure to check regularly as the festival runs until the end of September!

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Online: rhfleet.org/52-weeks-science

What are you excited to see?  Let us know in the comments below!

— Lenya McGrath

Photo credits: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center