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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. 

 

Think Like a Scientist

Cost: $10
Date: September 22
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

View the world through the lens of science using Crosscutting Concepts. Discover how to identify science around us, both inside and outside of the science classroom. Thinking like a scientist permits an interdisciplinary approach to science education and highlights the science in every school subject.

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Make, Take and Teach: Design a Wind Turbine

Cost: $15
Date: September 23
Time: 9–11:30 a.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Through inquiry, educators will explore ways to add to their Energy unit by building and revising a wind turbine with simple motors, volt meters and the engineering design process (EDP).

Workshop recommended for elementary teachers seeking to incorporate inquiry into PS4, Energy.

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Teachers Eating Pizza - Earthquakes and Marsquakes

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

Earthquakes and Marsquakes! What do earthquakes tell us about Earth and how can we use that information to better understand Mars? In the lead-up to NASA’s InSight landing in November, a new lander that will track marsquakes, we learn more about the ground directly under our own feet.

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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Educator Open House

Cost: Free 
Date: October 4
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Mark your calendars! The annual Fleet Science Center Educator Open House is on October 4, 2018. This year, educators will experience many of the adult, family and school program opportunities the Fleet offers.

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Act Like a Scientist and Engineer

Cost: $10
Date: October 13
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Through exploration of Fleet exhibitions, discover NGSS science and engineering practices (SEPs) and then compare how science practices are different or are similar to engineering practices. Participants discover ways to shift science activities to engineering activities.

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Make, Take and Teach: Exploring Wave Properties

Cost: $12
Date: October 20
Time: 9–11:30 a.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Explore wave properties through science inquiry using a hands-on wave machine. The wave machine model encourages students to observe and define wave property terminology through their own exploration while also providing ample opportunities for students to investigate "what if?" scenarios.

Workshop recommended for elementary and middle school teachers seeking to incorporate inquiry into PS4, Waves and their Applications in Technology for Information Transfer.

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Teachers Eating Pizza - Discovering Exoplanets

Cost: Free 
Date: November 7
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Tour the Fleet Science Center's newest exhibition, Discovering Exoplanets, and learn how to incorporate NASA resources in your classroom.

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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Make, Take and Teach: Exploring Energy Through Circuits

Cost: $12
Date: November 3
Time: 9–11:30 a.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Explore energy transfer with squishy circuits and block circuits. Build your own block circuits and take what you make back to your students! 

Workshop recommended for upper-elementary teachers seeking engaging ways to cover Energy unit. 

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Question Like a Scientist

Cost: $10
Date: November 4
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Not all questions are created equally. Some questions lead to insightful investigations while others are better suited for research. In this workshop, educators identify investigable questions through an inquiry investigation and learn ways to turn student questions to be more investigable.

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Teachers Eating Pizza - Eggdrop, Mars Edition

Cost: Free 
Date: December 5
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Take the classic egg drop activity and give it a Mars spin in recognition of the NASA InSight landing in November. In this workshop, educators will look at engineering designs used by NASA landers and rovers as inspiration for our own designs.

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. 

MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

 


Notebook Like a Scientist

Cost: $10
Date: December 1
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

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.

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Make, Take and Teach: Powerful Stomp Rocket Launchers

Cost: $12
Date: December 2
Time: 9–11:30 a.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

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

Workshop recommended for upper-elementary and middle school teachers seeking engaging ways to cover a unit on forces. 

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Teachers Eating Pizza - Messages to the Universe

Cost: Free 
Date: January 2, 2019
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

What should a message to the universe look like? Most deep-space probes carry some sort of message in the event the probe is intercepted by another life form. In this workshop, we blend the humanities, art and science and ask the question, “What would your message to the universe be on behalf of all humanity?”

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. 

MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

 


Winter Inquiry Institute 2019

Cost: $44-$55
Date: January 3-5
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

The Winter 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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Argue Like a Scientist

Cost: $10
Date: January 12
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Discover strategies to enhance student arguments using claims from evidence, real data and opposing scientific views. Educators find new ways to align lessons to NGSS through science and engineering practices.

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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