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Teacher Professional Development

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


Teachers Eating Pizza: A Night of Astronomy

COST: Free
WHEN: First Wednesday of the Month, 5–8 p.m.
WHERE: Fleet Science Center

WHAT: 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. In July, explore the universe through manned and unmanned space missions.




Game Masters Teacher Invitational

COST: Free
WHEN: Thursday, July 6, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fleet Science Center

WHAT: Teachers are invited to the Fleet Science Center's newest interactive exhibition, Game Masters. This evening program includes an art-inspired teacher workshop followed by a visit to Game Masters and its 100+ playable games.




Summer Inquiry Institute 2017

COST: $45
WHEN: Three day professional learning opportunity from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with two date options:

  • Session 1: July 25, 26, 27
  • Session 2: August 11, 12, 13

WHERE: Fleet Science Center

WHAT: 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.




Save the Date: Fall Teacher Open House

WHEN: Tuesday, October 3
WHERE: Fleet Science Center

Mark your calendar. The Fleet Science Center will hold its annual fall open house on Tuesday, October 3. 


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.