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Educator Professional Development

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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.  


Book a Workshop

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


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.




Educator Professional Development, STEM in Your Backyard

STEM in Your Backyard

Cost: Free
Date: January 27
Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Where: Copley-Price Family YMCA, City Heights, 4300 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105

Welcoming Feedback and Revision in the Classroom. Encourage your students to produce higher quality work by creating a classroom environment that welcomes feedback, critique and revision.



Teachers Eating Pizza: A Night of Astronomy

Teachers Eating Pizza

Cost: Free with refundable deposit
Date: February 7
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Interested in adding new space science activites to your classroom? Curious about recent and upcoming astronomical events? This afterschool workshop introduces a new hands-on acitivity each month. Workshop participants have access to the 7 p.m. The Sky Tonight planetarium program.

Click below for more information about monthly themes. 



Educator Make and Take: Powerful Stomp Rocket Launchers

Cost: $12
Date: March 18, 2018
Time: 8:30–11 a.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Discover how easy and fun it is to take a science inquiry approach to rocket design. Participants will use science inquiry to identify the optimal rocket design and then work in groups to build rockets and collect data after each launch. The class collaborates on data analysis before designing, building and launching the ultimate rocket.







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.



Generously sponsored in part by

Heller Foundation of San Diego