In This Issue
- Girl Scout Silver Award Project
- Upcoming Closures
- Grants for Teachers
- Professional Development Workshops
- What’s in Store
- Featured Kit: The Hovercraft
- Work at RAFT – We’re Hiring!
- First Day of Autumn – Sept. 22nd
12 fun things to do with the kids outdoors this autumn.
Tuesday – Thursday, September 27-29th RAFT San Jose will be closed for our
Annual Fundraising Dinner. Our Redwood City Location will be open.
Find more info on our here.
Girl Scout Silver Award Project Benefits RAFT
A local Girl Scout, Anooshkha, recently coordinated a project at RAFT as part of earning her Silver Award. She organized a group of fellow Scouts, friends, and family members and they cleaned and
painted 30 storage barrels for RAFT.
The Silver Award is one of the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn.
Congratulations to Anooshkha!! Thank you for helping beautify RAFT.
Grants For Teachers
Nature Works Everywhere are awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.A $2,000 grant will be awarded to 55 schools. See the detailed description, link below linked on this page for full requirements, guidelines, and important dates. A sample application and letters of commitment are also available. this is a nationwide grant program, not just local.
Applications must be submitted online by 5 PM ET October 31, 2016. Start your application here.
RAFT Professional Development Workshops
Our workshops are a perfect opportunity to collaborate with experts and peers to enhance your skills.
Sign up Today! Classes fill up quick!
Round Robin: Assessment Technique Workshop – Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What’s a Round Robin? Its an arousing, interactive round-table discussion around intriguing education-centered topics. Join us this week for the conversation about the impacts of assessments! We will engage in discussion about different assessment techniques to use in a classroom with PBL, Design Thinking, Design Challenges, etc. We will also explore different activities to get familiar with some assessment tools.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators of grades Pre-K to 8
COST: Free for members; $15 for non-members
Clever Cultural Math Explorations Workshop – Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
This class was inspired by Native American Indian, Russian, Japanese, and African artifacts. Connect standards in Art, Social Studies, and Mathematics with Design Challenges that investigate symmetry, area, volume, tessellations, scale factors, proportions, and more in cultural artifacts. Explore geometric and algebraic concepts with Design Thinking techniques! Includes handouts and make & take samples! Suitable for grades 5-8.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators of grade levels 5 to 8
COST: $25 for members; $45 for non-members
Keep Your Children Close By
RAFT is a Resource Area For Teaching – A professional home where educators can find individualized support, opportunities to connect with other teaching professionals, and time and space for reflection away from students as they prepare future lessons.
To ensure that the RAFT environment can meet those needs, our policy is that you may only bring children under 12 to RAFT on Thursdays. For your child’s safety and to ensure all members have a great experience when they visit RAFT please be sure to keep your children near you at all times.
September 22nd is the First Day of Autumn!
What’s in Store
A hovercraft is a vehicle supported on a cushion of air supplied by a powered fan mounted on the craft.The hovercraft was invented by Christopher Cockerell in 1956. The theory behind one of the most successful inventions of the 20th century, the Hovercraft, was to build a vehicle that would move over the water’s surface, floating on a layer of air. This would reduce friction between the water and vehicle. Learn more.
Explore how a hovercraft can glide smoothly along by constructing this quick-to-assemble four-piece model. Once the hovercraft is built, test it on any smooth, flat surface. For more information view ourIdea Sheet. Grades Covered:
4 through 12
Subjects Covered: Physical Science
- Air Pressure
Work at RAFT
Maker Education Developer & Coach
We are looking for someone that can collaborate with a team of teachers and curriculum developers to build joyful, engaging, and effective maker experiences for classrooms all over the Bay Area.
Retail Stock Associate
We are looking for someone to work closely with the Site Manager. This person will identify merchandise for re-stock/ordering, receive and process products from the RAFT warehouse, refresh/create retail displays, and contribute to overall retail operations. This is a position with physical labor.