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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

Summer Inquiry Institute 2017

Cost: $45
Date: August 11, 12, 13
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Three-day professional learning opportunity 

Using hands-on experiences and reflection, the Summer Fleet Inquiry Institute gives teachers a foundation in science inquiry. Participants 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 their own classrooms. This program is based upon the Fundamentals of Inquiry professional development program developed by the Exploratorium.


National Park ServiceDiscovering Biodiversity

Cost: Free
Date: September 9
Time: 8:30 a.m.-12 noon
Where: Fleet Science Center

Discover biodiversity in your backyard and abroad with the Fleet Science Center and Cabrillo National Monument. Learn about the delicate balance in biodiverse environments through a morning discussion with Cabrillo National Monument's science educator. Engage in citizen science in Balboa Park with the popular iNaturalist app and discover how diverse our world is just outside the back door. Learn more about one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet with a complimentary showing of the Fleet's latest IMAX® movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. Attendees are eligible for bus vouchers to both Cabrillo National Monument and the Fleet Science Center.



Teachers Eating Pizza: A Night of Astronomy

Cost: Free
Date: First Wednesday of the Month
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Pizza, 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. 


Educators’ Fall Preview 2017

Cost: Free
When: October 3–5
Where: Fleet Science Center

The Fleet Science Center’s educator open house on October 3 is a part of the Educators’ Fall Preview.  Join us for a FREE collaborative experience in Balboa Park designed just for educators! Five different institutions will open their doors over three successive evenings to give educators a chance to discover all the park offers students and teachers. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, and special giveaways by the host institutions and info tables from numerous neighboring museums. Connect with friends and colleagues and explore cross-curricular learning opportunities with hands-on activities and teaching resources. Register for programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Join us for one night or come to all three!



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 x722 or teacherprograms@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.