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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 Inquiry Institute at (619) 238-1233 x816 or by email.

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Storybook Science

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
September 26, 2015
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Community Forum

Registration is now open for this exciting professional development opportunity through the Fleet Inquiry Institute. Join other k-8 teachers from the San Diego community in a hands-on workshop focusing on incorporating NGSS and Common Core aligned activities in your classroom. Take an adventure into the wonderful world of children’s scientific literature, and discover meaningful ways to connect literacy and science together in multidisciplinary lessons.

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NGSS Life Science: Middle School

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
October 17, 2015
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Community Forum

Join other teachers in a hands-on workshop featuring low to no cost activities aligned with NGSS MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics. All educators are welcome to attend, but we will specifically be addressing NGSS performance expectations for middle school students. This workshop will include lesson plans, classroom activity ideas, and rich discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register today!

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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. - More>>

Teacher Open House

4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
October 8, 2015
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Join us at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for an exciting and informative evening. You will be able to explore the exhibits, take part in fun hands-on activities, experience the IMAX theater, and get a preview of our new traveling science show- Don't Try This At Home! This is a great opportunity to network with other local educators, get lesson ideas, and learn about the new education programs offered here at the Fleet.
As you explore the museum, you will be able to participate in activities, get classroom lesson ideas, and win fabulous prizes! (One of the prizes will include funding for bus transportation to the Science Center!) Light refreshments are complimentary, and wine and beer are available for purchase. RSVP today!
Please note that the Teacher Open House is an 18+ event, for current educators and those enrolled in teacher credentialing courses only. Contact t3@rhfleet.org with any questions regarding this event or CLICK HERE to register.

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 Inquiry Institute at (619) 238-1233 x816.

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:

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.