Teacher Professional Development
The Fleet Inquiry Institute for Teachers
Welcome to the Fleet Inquiry Institute, the professional development arm of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Education Department.
About the Fleet Inquiry Institute
The Fleet Inquiry Institute works with community partners to create and implement K-12 grade teacher professional development based on the process of science and learning science through inquiry. Since its inception in 2002 the Fleet Inquiry Institute has worked with over 3000 teachers and 120 pre-service teachers in long term, on site, and in-classroom professional development programs. To book one of these programs or for more information about current programs please contact the Fleet Inquiry Institute at (619) 238-1233 or by email.
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Spotlight on San Diego Science
Each month, a different local scientist, engineer or researcher will share their passion for what they do and provide information that will be useful in your classroom. We will focus on connecting the real science happening in San Diego with the Next Generation Science Standards. March through August will focus on ocean-related topics, with generous support from the Waitt Foundation. - Click here for more details and to register.
Book a Workshop:
Are you interested in booking a workshop for your team? The Fleet Inquiry Institute can help! Whether you are interested in one of the past programs listed below, the inquiry series listed below, or another NGSS related topic, FII can work with your group. Workshops are available for groups of 10 educators or more, on weekdays, weekends, evenings, or school breaks. To book these programs to take place at the Fleet Science Center or at your school, please contact the Fleet Inquiry Institute at (619) 238-1233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inquiry Series Workshops:
Though most of the workshops can be booked individually, the classes build on one another to create a comprehensive whole.
Comparing Approaches to Hands-On Science
Participants discover that different approaches to hands-on teaching support different goals for learning. (about 3.5 hours)
Participants examine the kinds of questions learners ask about phenomena and find out how to turn “noninvestigable” questions into “investigable” ones. (about 3.5 hours)
NGSS Practices and Inquiry
Participants work with the Next Generation Science Standards and identify the tools and practices needed to carry out inquiry and examine these skills in learning. (about 3.5 hours)
Immersion in Inquiry
(prerequisite: must have attended Raising Questions)
In this workshop, participants plan and conduct an investigation that illustrates how deep conceptual content can be learned through a carefully orchestrated science inquiry process. At the same time, the activity illuminates the process of inquiry itself. (about 6 hours)
Subtle Shifts: Adapting Activities for Inquiry
(prerequisite: must have attended Immersion in Inquiry)
This last workshop focuses on helping participants make connections between what they have experienced in the previous workshops and what they can do in their classrooms to incorporate more science inquiry. (about 3 hours)
All Hands-On Tech! – February 6, 2016
Teachers participated in a three-hour workshop focused on educational technology. Participants were able to explore various apps and programs that can enhance student learning and compliment hands-on activities. All participants left with an understanding of how to use educational technology in a meaningful way.
NGSS Life Science: Grades K-2 – January 9, 2016
Teachers participated in a three-hour immersion into life science for students in kindergarten through second grade. Participants were able to work through several classroom ready lessons to form full study units, collaborate with other educators, and experience activities as both a learner and a teacher. All participants left with ready to use lessons and a deeper understanding of NGSS Life Science and NGSS as a whole.
Winter Three-Day Fleet Inquiry Institute – December 21 - 23, 2015
Using hands-on experiences and reflection, the Winter Three-Day Fleet Inquiry Institute gave teachers a foundation in science inquiry. Participants examined different approaches to hands-on learning, explored NGSS practices, engaged in a full scientific inquiry, and considered ways to include inquiry in their own classrooms. This program was based upon the Fundamentals of Inquiry professional development program developed by the Exploratorium.
NGSS Life Science: Grades 3-5 – November 19, 2015
Upper elementary school teachers participated in a hands-on workshop focusing on NGSS LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes. Participants were able to work through several classroom ready lessons, collaborate with other educators, and experience activities as both a learner and a teacher. All participants left with ready to use lessons and a deeper understanding of NGSS LS1.
NGSS Life Science: Middle School – October 17, 2015
Middle School teachers participated in a hands-on workshop focusing on NGSS MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics. Participants were able to collaborate with educators from throughout Southern California, and walked away with classroom ready lessons, ideas for Life Science units, and resources to incorporate technology in their classrooms.
Storybook Science – September 26, 2015
K-8 teachers from the San Diego community participated in a hands-on workshop focusing on incorporating NGSS and Common Core aligned activities in the classroom. Participants explored the wonderful world of children’s scientific literature and discovered meaningful ways to connect literacy and science together in multidisciplinary lessons.
Introductory Engineering: Incorporating NGSS in Your Classroom! – August 18, 2015
This hands-on workshop was centered around low to no cost engineering activities ready for classroom use. Participants had an introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards, learned to connect the activities to specific NGSS standards, and participated in breakout discussions about engineering by grade level.
Summer Three-Day Fleet Inquiry Institute – July 14 - 16, 2015
Using hands-on experiences and reflection, the summer Fleet Inquiry Institute gave teachers a foundation in science inquiry. Participants examined different approaches to hands-on learning, explored process skills and NGSS practices, engaged in a full scientific inquiry, and considered ways to include inquiry in their own classrooms. This program was based upon the Fundamentals of Inquiry professional development program developed by the Exploratorium.
Inspire Innovation Workshop: Engineering in the Classroom
ASME joined the Fleet to present a Hands-On Workshop to give teachers in grades 4-8 the opportunity to work with engineers to bring the “E” in STEM* to life for students (*Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Groups of teachers were matched with engineers to work on hands-on engineering design with applications for math and science classes.
The following climate change lessons were compiled by high school teachers who attended the two-day Engaging in Earth’s Energy workshop at the Fleet. The Fleet would like to thank NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Polar Literacy Networks for making this workshop possible.
- Air Pollution The Issue of Global Warming [417kb PDF]
- Classifying Clouds [21kb PDF]
- Climate Change Activity [15kb PDF]
- Cloud in a Bottle or Bottling up the Gas Laws [20kb PDF]
- Cloud Types and Formation of Clouds [22kb PDF]
- Conservation for the Ages [98kb PDF]
- Constructing a Model of ppbv of Surface ozone [252kb PDF]
- Differences Between Climate and Weather Activity [30kb PDF]
- Energy Efficiency Ambassadors [100kb PDF]
- Energy Efficient Homes [351kb PDF]
- Exploring A Teaching Career Through An Energy Lesson [101kb PDF]
- Global Warming [15kb PDF]
- Greenhouse Gas Lab [21kb PDF]
- Greenhouse Warming What Is It [380kb PDF]
- Hot Gas Hot Air part 1 [17kb PDF]
- Hot Gas Hot Air part 2 [17kb PDF]
- Operation Ozone! [25kb PDF]
- Remote Sensing Using NASA Website [17kb PDF]
- Rocks, rocks, and more rocks [38kb PDF]
- San Diegos Climate and Weather [15kb PDF]
- Save Our Salt Samples! [14kb PDF]
- Seasonal Changeon Land and Water [738kb PDF]
- The Carbon Cycle [14kb PDF]
- The Effect of Salinity on Layering in the Ocean [12kb PDF]
- The Issue of Renewable Energy [639kb PDF]
- The Water Cycle [11kb PDF]
- To Conserve or Not to Conserve [604kb PDF]
- Watt Does it Cost to Use it [214kb PDF]