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The Fleet Science Center welcomes back Don't Try This at Home!

The popular series of live science demonstrations that are too cold and too hair-raising to try at home.

July 06, 2018

San Diego—The Fleet Science Center welcomes back Don't Try This at Home, a series of live shows that explore all the science that's too cold and too hair-raising to do at home! The shows will start Monday, July 16, in the Lecture Hall of the Fleet Science Center.

Attendees will witness an epic explosion of ping pong balls and-if they're brave enough-participate in the Chain of Pain, to see how shocking science can truly be! Other demonstrations include a mystifying cloud bomb, an incredible cannon that shoots air and the astonishing Bed of Nails.

The best part about Don't Try This at Home is that it's so much fun, the audience forgets that they are also learning about science!

Come see the amazing science for yourself! Visitors can enjoy experience two different shows daily, live, on stage, providing plenty of opportunities for Fleet visitors to experience Don't Try This at Home. The live science shows are included with admission, so there's no extra charge to see multiple outrageous shows. Each show lasts approximately 15 thrilling minutes and accommodates about 100 courageous viewers. Don't Try This at Home ... but DO hurry in to check them out!

Special note to teachers: Did you know that you can bring Don't Try This at Home to your school?! Visit our science shows page to learn more!

For more information visit: www.fleetscience.org/exhibitions/dont-try-home.


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To schedule a media preview or live, in-studio demonstration of Don't Try This at Home, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Manager Karla Nafarrate at 619-685-5743 or knafarrate@rhfleet.org.


Below are descriptions of demonstrations that can be performed specifically for television and other media outlets. Demonstrations can be performed in studio or here at the Fleet. All demonstrations can be conducted in under four minutes and participation from the on-air personalities will be encouraged. Our demonstrators will be able to explain the science behind each demonstration, too.

The Cloud Explosion: Liquid nitrogen is mixed with hot water to create an explosion of liquid vapor, followed by a stunning cloud that will flow out of its container and spread an eerie fog all over your studio. This experiment can be performed safely indoors or outdoors. It may lead to some liquid splashing, so outdoors is preferable. Access to hot water is required. Clean up is minimal.

Ping Pong Ball Explosion: A two-liter soda bottle containing liquid nitrogen is buried in a bucket of ping pong balls until the pressure in the soda bottle causes it to burst. There is a very LOUD explosion, followed by ping pong balls flying EVERYWHERE. This spectacular demonstration can be performed indoors, outdoors or here at the Fleet. Due to the noise and the mess it is suggested that news crews come to experience this demonstration at the Fleet.


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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