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The Fleet Inquiry Institute for Teachers

Taylor & StephanieThe Fleet Inquiry Institute is the teacher 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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Current Professional Development Opportunities


Dream Big: Engineering in Your Classroom! (NGSS Connections)

COST: Free
WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 9:30–12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Fleet Science Center

WHAT: Discover how engineering can be incorporated into your classroom and then watch a complimentary showing of the IMAX film Dream Big: Engineering Our World.



Teachers Eating Pizza: A Closer Look at Jupiter

COST: Free
WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 5–8 p.m.
WHERE: Fleet Science Center

WHAT: Pizza, Planets and a star show in our Planetarium – all in one night! Join your fellow teachers for a relaxing evening engaging in interdisciplinary astronomy content that can be immediately implemented in your classroom. In May, we will focus on all things Jupiter.



Off the Tracks: Trains and STEM

COST: Free
WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.–Noon
WHERE: Fleet Science Center and SD Model Railroad Museum

WHAT: The Fleet Science Center and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum are teaming up on Saturday, May 13 for an interdisciplinary teacher workshop that blends science, technology, history, engineering and math through the exploration of trains.



Summer Professional Development Opportunities


Session 1: July 2017 Fleet Inquiry Institute

Session 2: August 2017 Fleet Inquiry Institute

WHEN: Three day opportunity in mid-July and early August.
WHERE: Fleet Science Center

WHAT: 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.

Registration and additional details for the Fleet Inquiry Institute will be available soon. 



Book a Workshop:

The Fleet Inquiry Institute offers teacher professional development programs at the Fleet Science Center, off-site at schools and at district offices, and at partnering organizations. 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 contact the Fleet Inquiry Institute at (619) 238-1233 or t3@rhfleet.org.


About the Fleet Inquiry Institute

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. 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.