A World of Possibility.
by Brianne Brown
The Fleet Science Center, in Balboa Park, is passionate about engaging the community in the wonder of science. With their goal to connect people of all ages to the power of science to create a better future, representatives from the Fleet Science Center can often be found in the community doing just that. Leading their charge is CEO Dr. Steven Snyder, a vocal proponent of bringing together organizations to embrace what he calls “radical collaboration.”
Such collaboration can be seen in programs like Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™, where local bars host scientists in casual conversation with pub patrons. The Fleet also partners with educators to directly support STEM education in schools throughout Southern California. Additionally, the Fleet’s 52 Weeks of Science program is active in the Barrio Logan and Clairemont communities.
These collaborative initiatives are aligned with Snyder’s commitment to take science outside the walls of the Fleet and break down barriers to STEM education. “By providing opportunities and resources for STEM education to the community, we can help people connect with the power of science right in their own neighborhoods,” Snyder shares with Giving Back Magazine.
But within the walls of the Fleet are also numerous opportunities for hands-on learning. The newest exhibition, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, showcases the museum’s appeal: within days of its opening, already more than 5,000 people had visited the exhibition. The Fleet connects nearly 500,000 visitors annually to the power of science (and over two million during Snyder’s tenure as CEO), earning the science center the accolade of being the most-visited museum in Balboa Park.
To celebrate, the Fleet is hosting its annual gala - Busting the Myths of Wine - on June 2. This fundraising event supports the Fleet’s mission and will feature an evening of fine wine paired with a delicious multi-course dinner.