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The Fleet Inquiry Institute for Educators

The Fleet Inquiry Institute is the educator professional development arm of the Fleet Science Center’s Education Department.  For additional information about current programs 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 programs at the Fleet Science Center, off-site at schools and at community events. Programs are offered to groups of 10 or more on any day of the week, including school breaks. Are you interested in booking a workshop for your team? Please visit the Educator Workshop Catalog for more information. 

 
 
 
 

Teaching Neuroscience: A Backyard Brains Workshop

Cost: Free - Currently full, please join the waitlist
Date: July 21
Time: 8:30–3:30 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Thinking about including Neuroscience in your current life science, biology, anatomy and physiology, or AP biology course? Or perhaps you are thinking about starting a stand-alone Neuroscience course? Whichever it is, please join us for an all-day workshop featuring the unveiling of the first module of a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported Project Based Neuroscience curriculum from Backyard Brains (BYB).

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Summer Films for Educators

Date: July 26
Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Get a jump on next year's lesson planning by attending a discounted film and mini workshop at the Fleet Science Center. Each month will feature a film perfect for school field trips this fall.

On July 26, come for Great Barrier Reef at 5 p.m. and a mini-workshop on ocean acidification.

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Teachers Eating Pizza - Planetary Orbits and Eccentricity

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

Planetary orbits and eccentricity. Blend math and science in this eccentric workshop, where you can learn about planetary orbits and eccentricity. Educators will create a model to represent a planet's elliptical orbit and learn why planet orbits are rarely circular.

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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Summer Films for Educators

Date: August 23
Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Fleet Science Center

Get a jump on next year's lesson planning by attending a discounted film and mini workshop at the Fleet Science Center. Each month will feature a film perfect for school field trips this fall.

On August 23 come for Great Barrier Reef at 5 p.m. and a mini-workshop on ocean acidification.

MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

 


Teachers Eating Pizza - Space Science Evidence-based Argument

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

From Ptolemy to Sagan, our understanding of the universe has drastically changed. Engage in a science-based argument by debating one of history's most contentious topics. Learn tools and techniques to bring evidence-based argumentation to 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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Think Like a Scientist

Cost: $10
Date: September 22
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 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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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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Act Like a Scientist and Engineer

Cost: $10
Date: October 13
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 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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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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Question Like a Scientist

Cost: $10
Date: November 4
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 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. 

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Notebook Like a Scientist

Cost: $10
Date: December 1
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 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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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. 

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Argue Like a Scientist

Cost: $10
Date: January 12
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 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