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The Fleet Inquiry Institute for Educators

The Fleet Inquiry Institute is the educator professional development arm of the Fleet Science Center’s Education Department.  For additional information about current programs please contact the Fleet Inquiry Institute at (619) 238-1233 x722 or by email.  
 

 

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The Fleet Inquiry Institute offers educator professional development programs at the Fleet Science Center, off-site at schools and at community events. Programs are offered to groups of 10 or more on any day of the week, including school breaks. Are you interested in booking a workshop for your team? Please visit Offsite Programs for Educators

 
 
 
 

#Project Phenomena Work Group

Cost: $125 (to SDCOE)
Date: November 28-29
Time: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: 

  • November 28 will be held at the Fleet Science Center

  • November 29 will be held at the San Diego County Office of Education

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3, 4

A two-day work group where participants deepen understanding of what scientific phenomena are and their importance in NGSS-aligned instruction. They learn how to identify useful phenomena which can drive instruction and student learning in the science classroom. They identify instructional resources to support student exploration, investigation, and explanation of relevant phenomena. 

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Educator Professional Development, STEM in Your Backyard

STEM in Your Backyard

Cost: Free
Date: December 2
Time: 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Chula Vista Library, 365 F St, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Raising Investigable Questions Experience the science process through phenomena and personal curiosity and then raise questions that can lead to insightful investigations. Learn pedagogy related to scanning and facilitating the turning of noninvestigable questions into deeper scientific questions. This educator workshop is a part of Biocom Institute’s monthly STEM in Your Backyard event.

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Teachers Eating Pizza: A Night of Astronomy

Cost: Free with refundable deposit
Date: December 6
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Pizza, Planets and a star show in our Planetarium—all in one night! Join your fellow teachers for an evening engaging in interdisciplinary astronomy content that can be immediately implemented in your classroom. 

December's Topic: Star Wars Connections and Southern Sky Constellations 

In the Workshop: Get ready for The Last Jedi! How do scientists study binary stars like that seen from Tatooine? What are the forces at play on Earth and in space, and how do those translate to landspeeders and X-Wings? Come explore standards-aligned concepts that relate to the Star Wars universe.

In the Planetarium: Constellations of the Southern Sky. Depending on which side of the equator you are on, there can be completely different sets of constellations to view in the night sky. Some constellations can only be seen from the southern hemisphere of the Earth. Join us to learn about the stars, stories and constellations of the southern hemisphere sky.

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Winter Inquiry Institute 2018

Date: January 3-5
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

The Winter Inquiry Institute is a three day professional learning experience for educators in the San Diego area. Join your fellow educators and experience inquiry as a learner, examine different approaches to hands-on learning, explore process skills and NGSS practices, engage in full scientific inquiry, and consider ways to include inquiry in your own classroom.

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Teachers Eating Pizza: A Night of Astronomy

Cost: Free with refundable deposit
Date: January 3, 2018
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Pizza, Planets and a star show in our Planetarium—all in one night! Join your fellow teachers for an evening engaging in interdisciplinary astronomy content that can be immediately implemented in your classroom. 

January's Topic: Deep Space Observations and Properties of Light Waves

In the Workshop: Wave Properties and the Hubble Space Telescope. How does Hubble see and how has Hubble's vision given us an increased understanding of our universe? Explore deep space objects through properties of light waves in this month's workshop.

In the Planetarium: NASA’s Great Observatories. To the naked eye, the night sky is collection of stars and planets scattered across a deep black canvas, but the sky looks very different using telescopes to observe the universe on wavelengths our eyes can’t see. The Hubble Telescope and other space-borne observatories in NASA’s Great Observatories program were designed to show us the universe in gamma rays, X-rays, optical and infrared wavelengths. Join us this month to learn more about the Great Observatories and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

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Educator Make and Take: Build the Best Gravity Well

Cost: $10-$30
Date: January 13, 2018
Time: 8:30–11 a.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Build a gravity well with cheap and easily accessible materials. Use the gravity well to conceptualize gravity on Earth and in our Solar System by modeling orbits, demonstrating gravity between two objects of different masses, and recreating the formation of our solar system. 

Both ticket types for this workshop include all of the content in the workshop, plus:

  • Make and Take - educators can take their constructed gravity well with them. $30/ticket for materials. 
  • Make and Borrow - educators will build shared gravity wells that can be borrowed from the Fleet Science Center throughout the school year. $10/ticket for shared materials.

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About the Fleet Inquiry Institute

Since its inception in 2002 the Fleet Inquiry Institute has worked with over 14,000 educators in long-term, on-site and in-classroom professional development programs. We work with community partners to create and implement K-12 grade teacher professional development based on the process of science and learning science through inquiry.