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The Fleet Inquiry Institute for Teachers

Taylor & StephanieWelcome 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 x722 or by email.

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Summer Inquiry Institute

We are thrilled to announce that this year we are offering TWO Summer Inquiry Institute sessions! Registration has completely filled up for past summer sessions, so please register as early as possible. Groups and individuals are welcome.
Using hands-on experiences and reflection, the Summer Three-Day Fleet Inquiry Institute gives teachers a foundation in science inquiry. Participants examine different approaches to hands-on learning, explore NGSS practices, engage in a full scientific inquiry, and consider ways to include inquiry in their own classrooms. This program is based upon the Fundamentals of Inquiry professional development program developed by the Exploratorium.

July Session: Tuesday, July 26th – Thursday, July 28th
Register for the July session here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2558850

August Session: Tuesday, August 16th – Thursday, August 18th
Register for the August session here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2558918

 


Storybook Science — September 24, 2016

Open to K-8 teachers from the San Diego community. Join us in a hands-on workshop focusing on incorporating NGSS and Common Core aligned activities in the classroom. Participants will explore the wonderful world of children’s scientific literature and discover meaningful and engaging ways to connect literacy and science together in multidisciplinary lessons. Session is scheduled to from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm noon.
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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 t3@rhfleet.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)

Raising Questions

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)


Learn more about Inquiry Learning.


Past Programs:

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.

 


Lesson Plans

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.