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Offsite Programs for Educators

The Fleet Inquiry Institute works with teachers, administrators, after-school providers and the university community to enhance understanding of science inquiry and to increase awareness of science standards.  Offsite programs can take place in your school, library, organization, or community event. Don’t see a program that fits? Contact us directly to see how we can customize a program to suit your educators’ needs. 

For additional information about educator programs, please contact the Fleet Inquiry Institute at (619) 238-1233 x722 or by email.  


Introduction to Science Inquiry

Science inquiry is the process of understanding the natural world and formulating explanations based on evidence. Introduction to Science Inquiry puts the educator in the role of the learner and demonstrates the importance of empowering students to pursue their own learning.



Comparing Hands-On Science Approaches, 2 hours

Educators discover different approaches to hands-on science support different learning goals. Educators experience three different approaches and how each can be successfully deployed in the classroom.



Raising Questions for Investigations, 2 hours

Experience a phenomenon and raise questions that can lead to insightful investigations. Learn how to scan and turn noninvestigable questions.



Engineering Your Own Engineering Design Process, 2 hours

Incorporating the engineering design process in the classroom starts by acknowledging the basics of problem solving. This workshop creates a student-driven engineering design process that increases student ownership of their own learning.



An Artful Approach to Better Science, 60 min

Increase student observation skills through a teaching strategy made popular in art galleries. Apply this teaching strategy across all disciplines, including in the science classroom.



Welcoming Feedback and Revision in the Classroom, 60 min

Encourage your students to produce higher quality work by creating a classroom environment that welcomes feedback, critique and revision.



Working with Variables Using Straw Rockets, 90 min

Take an inquiry-based approach to data collection and analysis using straw rockets. Increase collaboration and communication in the classroom to achieve better straw rocket results.


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.