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The Fleet Science Center is excited to announce that Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® is now a national event

October 03, 2018

San Diego, CA—Since its inception in 2014, Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® has become one of the Fleet’s most popular adult events. In early 2017, the program became a registered trademark for the Fleet Science Center. Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® is now run in multiple cities throughout the country, including Pittsburg, Albany and Washington, D.C., with future events scheduled in Saint Paul, Austin and Miami.  

The next Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® will be a coast-to-coast event! On Thursday, October 11, it will be held in San Diego County, hosted by the Fleet Science Center, and in Washington, D.C., it will be hosted by LabX, a program of the National Academy of Sciences.

By bringing this event to people across the nation, Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® is helping to “put a face” on science and breaking down barriers between the STEM community and the general public. There are no presentations, no slides and no microphone—just two scientists sitting in a bar, engaging the public in casual conversation and making connections in a non-threatening atmosphere.

What sounds like the beginning of a bad joke is actually a fun community program designed to connect the public with scientists. During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar®, the Fleet Science Center sends pairs of scientists out to different bars and restaurants all over the county, and everyone is invited to ask them questions in an informal, relaxed setting. The scientists are easy to spot as they sit near a sign that reads, "We are scientists. Ask us anything!" The questions are as diverse as the scientists themselves and can range from string theory to meteorites. Participants might chat with a neuroscientist and a chemical biologist at Tiger! Tiger! in North Park, a molecular biologist and a muscular biologist at Iron Fist Brewing in Vista or an engineer and a data scientist at The Elwood in Chula Vista.

"We want to engage people with science where they live, work and play,” said Dr. Steve Snyder, CEO of the Fleet Science Center. “Events such as Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar are fun, and they give science centers an opportunity to interact with the community in a way people might not normally expect.”

Science is in our everyday life, so why not make it a part of our social lives? Because Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® takes place at different bars simultaneously, participants get to quench their thirst for both knowledge and beer.

For more information on Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar®, please visit www.fleetscience.org/events/two-scientists-walk-bar.



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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