A student explores engineering by building a model of an earphone.

In recognition of National Engineers Week, February 22nd-28th, RAFT is offering hands-on engineering activities to engage students, parents and educators.

A leader in creating learning experiences that help students grasp difficult topics in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), RAFT Activity Kits leverage commonly-found materials to provide educators and parents with engaging tools to help their students gain confidence in challenging subjects.

“Engineering careers are critical to our society’s success, yet many students lack opportunities to effectively learn basic engineering topics,” says CEO of RAFT Grainger Marburg. “Hands-on activities engage students in learning, encourage deeper understanding, and build student confidence in potentially challenging concepts. We believe that this is an important first step in motivating students to challenge themselves academically and consider pursuing a career in engineering.”

Several RAFT activities allow students to explore engineering concepts through building models which make it easier to understand broader engineering concepts including:

  • Speaker in a Cup and Earphone in a Lid enable students to build sound devices from plastic containers, magnets and wires.
  • Brace Yourself along with the Motorized Shake Table allow children to practice seismic engineering and better understand the effects of earthquakes.
  • Solar Jitterbug gives students a chance to engineer a solar-powered critter to learn about energy conversion and electrical circuits.
  • The Retractor Car turns cardboard, sticks, plastic lids, and a name badge retractor into a car that teaches about potential energy, motion, and simple machines.

Parents and educators can use the RAFT Idea Sheets as instruction guides to assemble their own activities using simple materials, or ready-to-go kits online at RAFT’s online store, www.raftstore.net.

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