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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’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 1000 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's Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 x806 or by email.

Introductory Engineering: Incorporating NGSS in Your Classroom!

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
August 18, 2015
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Community Forum

Registration is now open for this exciting professional development opportunity through the Fleet Inquiry Institute. Introductory Engineering-Incorporating NGSS in your classroom! will take place at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on August 18, 2015 from 9:00am-12:00pm. This hands-on workshop will center around low to no cost engineering activities ready for classroom use. Participants will have an introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards, learn to connect the activities to specific NGSS standards, and participate in breakout discussions about engineering by grade level.

Light breakfast, coffee, ready-to-use activities, and rich discussion are all included for $10 per participant.

Click here for more details and to register.

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. - More>>

Book an Inquiry Workshop:

Though most of the workshops can be booked individually, the classes build on one another to create a comprehensive whole. These workshops can be booked for your group on evenings, weekends, weekdays, or during school breaks. Available for groups of 10 teachers or more. To book these programs to take place at the Fleet Science Center or at your school, please contact the Fleet's Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 x806.

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:

Summer Three-Day Fleet Inquiry Institute - July 14 - 16, 2015

This three-day institute runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from Tuesday, July 14 to Thursday, July 16. Using hands-on experiences and reflection, the summer Fleet Inquiry Institute will give teachers a foundation in science inquiry. Participants will examine different approaches to hands-on learning, explore process skills and 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, and incorporates the Next Generation Science Standards.

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.