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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.  


Inquiry Institute, 15 hours

Participants experience inquiry as a learner, examine different approaches to hands-on learning, explore NGSS science and engineering practices (SEPs) through phenomena, engage in full scientific inquiry, and consider ways to include inquiry in your own classroom. This  three day workshop is offered sequentially, over several weeks, or as stand-alone components. The stand-alone components are detailed below: 

  • Comparing Hands-On Science Approaches, 120 min
    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 Investigable Questions, 120 min
    Experience the science process through phenomena and personal curiosity and then raise questions that can lead to insightful investigations. Learn pedagogy related to scanning and facilitating the turning of noninvestigable questions into deeper scientific questions.
  • Subtle Shifts: Adapting Activities for Inquiry, 120 min
    Participants work through two similar science labs and identify ways to modify existing science activities to include more inquiry. It is highly recommended that participants go through Comparing Hands-On Science Approaches and Raising Investigable Questions first.  



The Power of Inference in Science Inquiry, 60 min

Science inquiry is the process of understanding the natural and material world through questions and discoveries. This workshop emphasizes the importance of inference in the science inquiry process. Participants practice making discoveries and claims based on evidence gathered.  



Engineering Your Own Engineering Design Process, 120 min

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.


Comparing Science Practices and Engineering Practices, 90 min
How do science and engineering practices (SEPs) compare? In this workshop, educators discover similarities and differences between science and engineering as defined by science standards and then discover ways to incorporate more engineering into existing science activities.



Introducing Science Concepts with Art and Phenomena, 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.



Enhance Scientific Observation and Increase Feedback in the Classroom, 60 min

Improve student's scientific observation skills while creating a classroom environment that welcomes feedback, critique, and evidence-based reasoning. This workshop includes an arts component and is an opportunity to incorporate more STEAM in the classroom. 



Build and Launch the Perfect Rocket with Inquiry and Collaboration, 90 min

Discover how easy and fun it is to take a science inquiry approach to rocket design. Groups work together 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.