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Educator Workshops

The Fleet Inquiry Institute is the educator professional development arm of the Fleet Science Center’s Education Department.  For additional information about current workshops 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 workshops at the Fleet Science Center, at schools and district offices and at community events. Workshops are offered any day of the week, including school breaks. Are you interested in booking a workshop for your team? Contact us by e-mail or visit the Educator Workshop Catalog for more information. 

Picture Book Science: Exploring the Ocean Floor

Cost: $5
Date: February 7
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: 3-5

Discover mountains and valleys--under the ocean! Learn how scientists map the bottom of the sea through a hands-on investigation.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Picture Book Science: Engineering a Pollinator

Cost: $5
Date: February 28
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: TK-2

Use the Engineering Design Process to discover what a pollinator is and how it pollinates.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Teachers Eating Pizza – Reinvent the Wheel

Cost: Free 
Date: March 6, 2019
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Design and test rover wheels suitable for out-of-this-world terrain.

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

Click below for more information and additional monthly themes. 

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Exhibition Open House: Pause|Play 

Date: March 8
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: TK-12

Shoot hoops—with distortion goggles. Ride your bike—with squared wheels. Go down a slide—while clocking your speed with different materials. Take your favorite childhood playground activities, add a science twist, and you get Pause|Play.

Pause|Play is an invitation for the young and the young-at-heart to leave the digital world behind, hit pause on their busy lives and recapture the nostalgia of play. Science has shown that play has a number of cognitive, social, emotional and physical benefits—but we think it’s just downright fun!

In addition to the exhibition, we’ll share how you can take these science concepts back to your school playground. We’ll also have science talks, demonstrations and some of your favorite childhood food.

The street lights come on at 7:30 p.m., and then it’s time to go home, so come early and don’t miss this opportunity to be a kid again.

 

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Picture Book Science: Inventions

Cost: $5
Date: March 14
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: 3-5

Teach perseverance and problem solving through inventions and the design process.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Picture Book Science: Design it! Build it!

Cost: $5
Date: March 21
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: TK-2

What does an architect do? Students use their creativity and everyday material to build structures. Students compare their structures to famous buildings and then create architectural models for these buildings.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Make, Take and Teach: Smartphone Microscope

Cost: $15 
Date: March 30, 2019
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Use your smartphone in video or picture mode to capture extreme detail with this smart phone microscope stand. Workshop includes microscope stand and sample material for your first observation!.

Tired of leaving workshops with a mind full of ideas but empty hands? Make, Take and Teach workshops provide project materials that educators can take back to their classroom.

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Teachers Eating Pizza – The Water Cycle, In Space

Cost: Free 
Date: April 3, 2019
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Track the journey of water on the International Space Station and compare how the water cycle in space is similar and different than the water cycle on Earth.

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

Click below for more information and additional monthly themes. 

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Picture Book Science: Lighting the World

Cost: $5
Date: April 11
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: 3-5

Explore different lightbulb types and how to transform electricity into light and heat. Students help one of the characters in Orion and the Dark and build a simple nightlight using circuit tape.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Picture Book Science: Mysterious Science

Cost: $5
Date: April 18
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: TK-2

Students explore mysterious properties of matter. Through careful observations, curiosity turns into questions. Science is used to answer some of these mysteries!

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Teachers Eating Pizza – Newton's Third Law of Motion and Alka-Seltzer rockets

Cost: Free 
Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Blend physical science and space science in this explosive workshop.

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

Click below for more information and additional monthly themes. 

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Picture Book Science: Animal Groups: Herds, Prides and Flocks

Cost: $5
Date: May 9
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: 3-5

Observe and learn about animals in groups and then study animal behavior. Students support an argument that some animals are better together.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Picture Book Science: Move It! with Forces and Motion

Cost: $5
Date: May 23
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: TK-2

Explore cause-and-effect relationships with forces such as pushes and pulls. Students use their knowledge to complete an engineering design challenge.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Teachers Eating Pizza – Classroom-ready air pressure experiments

Cost: Free 
Date: June 5, 2019
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

No Bell Jar necessary! Discover ways to learn about air pressure using inexpensive materials.

 

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

Click below for more information and additional monthly themes. 

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Picture Book Science: Candles and Combustion

Cost: $5
Date: June 6
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: 3-5

Explore the chemical and physical changes when a candle is burned. Students elaborate on their understanding through a study on wildfires and fire prevention methods.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Picture Book Science: Robots!

Cost: $5
Date: June 20
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center
Suggested Grades: TK-2

What do robots do? Students mimic basic commands to understand how robots function and are then challenged to create a robot that solves a problem in their community.

Picture Book Science workshops encourage the integration of reading and science in an engaging way. Each workshop pairs a grade-appropriate fiction and/or non-fiction book with hands-on inquiry-driven science investigations that can be easily replicated in the classroom.

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Summer Inquiry Institute - June 2019

Dates: June 28-30
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

The Summer Inquiry Institute is a three-day professional learning experience for educators in the San Diego area. Join your fellow teachers and 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.

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Summer Inquiry Institute - June 2019

Dates: July 1-3
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

The Summer Inquiry Institute is a three-day professional learning experience for educators in the San Diego area. Join your fellow teachers and 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.

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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 Bill Carley