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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 Science Center’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 3000 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 x722 or by email.

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Making Experiential Learning Work (Connections to NGSS)

REGISTER NOW: http://bpt.me/2596917
WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
WHERE: FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

WHAT: Have you ever wondered how to deepen your students learning through meaningful engagement? Teachers have so much to accomplish in their day and connecting learning to the real world can feel like another expectation being heaped on to an already overwhelming load. This workshop will explore how to set projects up for success while using amazing resources that will engage students and bring purpose to their learning. Bring your ideas and collaborate with peers to plan for an amazing school year!
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Science & Society: Biology & Ethics (Connections to NGSS)

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WHEN: Monday, September 12, 4 – 6 PM
WHERE: FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

WHAT: This hands-on workshop will introduce middle and high school teachers to an interactive curriculum designed to teach the history of eugenics in the U.S. and how this unfortunate and widely unknown chapter in our country's past is relevant to modern technologies like genetic testing and CRISPR. The eugenics curriculum is appropriate for a Biology, Ethics or Science and Society class and is designed to reinforce basic scientific concepts while engendering important discussion and debate. Participants will be given access to all the materials necessary to bring the lessons to their own classrooms with minimal prep time required.
• Appropriate for Biology, Ethics, Science and Society courses.
• All educators are welcome.
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Water Education & NGSS

REGISTER NOW: http://bpt.me/2591764
WHEN: Friday, September 16, 4 – 6 PM
WHERE: FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

WHAT: Water quality and quantity are some of the biggest issues facing humanity today. How can we prepare the next generation of leaders to find solutions to these problems? This workshop will demonstrate environmental lessons that support students understanding of San Diego’s waterways, actions to minimize and monitor pollution, and connections between living things and one of our most vital resource, water. Can we support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards while teaching environmental education? Using real-world problems (i.e. water pollution) we can help students deepen their knowledge and problem-solving skills. Participants will engage in science practices using multiple lessons focused on water pollution. The workshop includes hands-on lessons to be taught in classrooms or informal settings (i.e. after school programs).
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Biology & the Story of Life (Connections to NGSS)

REGISTER NOW: http://bpt.me/2595243
WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
WHERE: FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

WHAT: Learn how to weave biology units into the story of Life using student designed models and inquiry based labs to teach NGSS with little cost. With NGSS on the horizon, the traditional school biology landscape is changing. The model of lecture-and-recipe labs are evolving into the tilted/flipped instruction model and inquiry-based learning. This movement positions the teacher as the storyteller, weaving seemingly disconnected units of biology of the greatest story ever told: The Story of Life. Most biology textbooks start with chemistry progress to cells, but seemingly disjointed topics can be seamlessly integrated. Participants will engage in simple, effective activities that present the properties of water, its movement through osmosis and diffusion in a format tailored to students inquisitive nature. Explore cell and protein structures by developing models using household objects. Challenge students understanding of protein structure with interactive labs using fluorescent proteins and varying concentrations of pH, salinity, and temperature. Quantify with free software by plotting and analyzing results. The blueprints for protein production are so important, its hidden safe in the nucleus. Participants will receive instructions on how to make take-home DNA models using beads. By building, students have a deeper understanding of how the structure of DNA codes for different proteins. Participants employ biotechnology to reveal how differences in DNA can help identify individuals. Information on free resources for promoting biotechnology provided.
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Science in your Schoolyard! It's a Natural Fit! (Connections to NGSS)

REGISTER NOW: http://bpt.me/2595227
WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 4 – 6 PM
WHERE: FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

WHAT: Learning in nature is fun for teachers and students alike! Together we will learn (mostly outdoors) how you can use your schoolyard to engage your students in NGSS based science lessons. Judie Lincer, MA, Ed, Nature Educator Extraordinaire, will share her best tips, strategies, materials, behavior management ideas and her experience and enthusiasm, so that you will feel prepared to take your class outdoors to learn. This type of learning is very engaging and interesting for both you and your students. Studies show students recall more with this type of up close and personal experience.
Space is limited to 15 participants in order to assure a quality learning session for all.
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Storybook Science

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WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 9 AM – 12 PM
WHERE: FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

WHAT: Open to K-8 teachers from the San Diego community. Join us in a hands-on workshop focusing on incorporating NGSS and Common Core aligned activities in the classroom. Participants will explore the wonderful world of children’s scientific literature and discover meaningful and engaging ways to connect literacy and science together in multidisciplinary lessons.
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Book a Workshop:

Are you interested in booking a workshop for your team? The Fleet Inquiry Institute can help! Whether you are interested in one of the past programs listed below, the inquiry series listed below, or another NGSS related topic, FII can work with your group. Workshops are available for groups of 10 educators or more, on weekdays, weekends, evenings, or school breaks. 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 or t3@rhfleet.org.

Inquiry Series Workshops:

Though most of the workshops can be booked individually, the classes build on one another to create a comprehensive whole.

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:

All Hands-On Tech! – February 6, 2016

Teachers participated in a three-hour workshop focused on educational technology. Participants were able to explore various apps and programs that can enhance student learning and compliment hands-on activities. All participants left with an understanding of how to use educational technology in a meaningful way.

NGSS Life Science: Grades K-2 – January 9, 2016

Teachers participated in a three-hour immersion into life science for students in kindergarten through second grade. Participants were able to work through several classroom ready lessons to form full study units, collaborate with other educators, and experience activities as both a learner and a teacher. All participants left with ready to use lessons and a deeper understanding of NGSS Life Science and NGSS as a whole.

Winter Three-Day Fleet Inquiry Institute – December 21 - 23, 2015

Using hands-on experiences and reflection, the Winter Three-Day Fleet Inquiry Institute gave teachers a foundation in science inquiry. Participants examined different approaches to hands-on learning, explored 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.

NGSS Life Science: Grades 3-5 – November 19, 2015

Upper elementary school teachers participated in a hands-on workshop focusing on NGSS LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes. Participants were able to work through several classroom ready lessons, collaborate with other educators, and experience activities as both a learner and a teacher. All participants left with ready to use lessons and a deeper understanding of NGSS LS1.

NGSS Life Science: Middle School – October 17, 2015

Middle School teachers participated in a hands-on workshop focusing on NGSS MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics. Participants were able to collaborate with educators from throughout Southern California, and walked away with classroom ready lessons, ideas for Life Science units, and resources to incorporate technology in their classrooms.

Storybook Science – September 26, 2015

K-8 teachers from the San Diego community participated in a hands-on workshop focusing on incorporating NGSS and Common Core aligned activities in the classroom. Participants explored the wonderful world of children’s scientific literature and discovered meaningful ways to connect literacy and science together in multidisciplinary lessons.

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.