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The Fleet Science Center to host the fifth annual Impossible Science Festival

Featuring 20+ hands-on demonstrations of how the impossible can be made possible with science.

July 24, 2019

San Diego, CA—Join the Fleet's Curator of Impossible Science and World Champion of Magic, Jason Latimer, as he hosts the fifth annual Impossible Science Festival at the Fleet Science Center on August 3 and 4, 2019.


The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover how to bend lasers and experience what it feels like to walk on a skyscraper beam in a virtual reality interactive. The festival will examine the question, "What is possible?" and encourage visitors to find the answer through curiosity and knowledge.


"The goal of the Impossible Science Festival is to promote education through curiosity," says Latimer, host and designer of the Impossible Science Festival. "By exploring subjects that seem impossible but which can be made possible through science, visitors will have an experience that will blow their minds!"


The Impossible Science Festival is based upon four themes: invisibility, levitation, animation and transformation. Each theme incorporates demonstrations that festival attendees will be able to observe or try for themselves.


For invisibility, attendees will be able to use the refractive properties of Pyrex to make objects disappear in corn oil. They can also learn how to manipulate light—a precursor to invisibility—using a laser pen and water to “see the invisible” with a homemade laser microscope.


To experience levitation, visitors can investigate how concepts like the Bernoulli principle can make objects such as ping pong balls appear to levitate.


At the animation stations, demonstrations include how surface tension can make relatively heavy objects float on water and how sound waves can be manipulated to make a toothpick move across the top of a wine glass. Visitors can also learn how a battery, a magnet and a screw can be used to make a small motor.


The transformation stations will show attendees how to make a square bubble, as well as how to make a balloon fireproof. Finally, visitors can harness their own super powers when they create energy from pennies.


"The only thing separating magic from science is the understanding of the situation. Anything we don't understand is magic ... which is why the right question changes everything," says Latimer. "The world was not shaped by its answers; it was shaped by its questions—and that next question could come from any of us."


If Jason Latimer looks familiar, it's because he has an impressive resume. In addition to being the Fleet’s Curator of Impossible Science, he is a host of SciJinks on the Science Channel and was one of the judges, along with Penn & Teller, on Syfy's magic competition TV series, Wizard Wars. As a physicist and three-time World Champion of Magic, Jason's research and university lectures on the topics of invisibility, teleportation, transformation and making other "impossibilities" possible through applied science have gathered recognition in science and education communities around the world.


"At the Fleet, our goal is to connect people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future," says Dr. Steven Snyder, CEO of the Fleet Science Center. "We look forward to inspiring countless scientists and aspiring scientists of all ages to imagine how they can apply science to make today's impossibilities into tomorrow's realities."


Admission to the Fleet on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, includes access to all of the Impossible Science Festival activities, as well as the Fleet’s interactive exhibits and one IMAX® film. Tickets are $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors and $21.95 for children ages 3–12. Children 2 and under receive free admission.


The Impossible Science Festival is sponsored in part by Cox.


For more information about the Impossible Science Festival, please visit fleetscience.org/events/impossible-science-festival.


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About Jason Latimer:


Jason Latimer has spent his entire life pondering one question: "What is possible?" In the pursuit of answering that childhood question, Latimer's ongoing education spans multiple fields of science, including mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology and economics. Jason's research, work and performances have ushered in an entirely new genre of magic and illusion for the 21st century, rooted in applied sciences. Today, Latimer has stolen the spotlight as "the greatest magician working today" (Parade Magazine). His current role as host of the Science Channel’s SciJinks and previous role as a judge on Syfy's Wizard Wars, allows him the opportunity to reach millions of people all over the world. Jason Latimer’s lectures, keynote speeches and TEDx Talks inspire countless minds to "see beyond the illusion of knowledge." As a magician, Latimer's resume includes 17 consecutive championship titles and awards for his work, including the highest honor the world of magic can bestow on an individual: The Grand Prix “Best Overall” World Champion of Magic. Latimer also won the championship of the BBC One's six live specials, "The Magicians." As a scientist, Latimer's work inspires education through wonder and curiosity. With numerous international television specials and appearances, Latimer's infectious love for the unknown is inspiring millions around the world to join in and ask, "What is possible?" For more information, visit jasonlatimer.com.

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Select Videos of Demonstrations Featured at the Festival


Invisibility: explore optics and principals of refraction with wine glass optics.



Levitation: Seal water in an upside down container with a ping pong ball.



Animation: Animate a toothpick using sound.



Transformation: Create square bubbles.



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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