RAFT helps educators transform the learning experience through hands-on education. As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help under-write RAFT services and keep costs down. Thanks to our 10,000+ RAFT members who bring engaging and affordable education experiences to 825,000+ kids a year!
RAFT's workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum. All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University.
Saturday, September 20 - Next Generation Science Standards for Elementary and Middle School Teachers: Even though we're just starting out on implementing the Common Core, the Next Generation Science Standards are coming soon. We are now in the AWARENESS Phase, but soon we'll be in the IMPLEMENTATION Phase. Don't get caught with your curriculum down. Learn what you can do now to teach your students to be the Next Generation of scientists.
Saturday, September 27- Pop-Up Books: One way to add a 3D element to your books is to add pop-ups inside. Pop ups make the content more interesting, and make your books more creative. In this class, you make a lot of pop-ups to take home plus investigate some different ways to use them. We cover some very basic ways to make pop-ups plus look at how to combine them with accordions books and pamphlets. Students will also receive a list of reference books.
For a full class list or to register visit http://www.raftbayarea.org/workshops.
Saturday, September 13th from 12:00-2:00PM
Lighting Up Your Dough - Come and join the fun as we teach you how to make circuits with homemade Play Dough! You will learn about parallel and series circuits, LEDs, electrical energy, conductors, and insulators while exploring endless creations and lighting LEDs. We will link this activity to science and engineering practices and demonstrate where the activity fits within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Do not miss this exciting event that is sure to brighten your day!
Coffee Play Dough - The smell and texture of play dough coffee grounds allows students to practice fine motor skills and gives students the sensory input they may need to start their day.
Celebrate National Play-Doh Day (RAFT Redwood City)
Saturday, September 13th from 9:30-10:30AM
Does Play Doh float? Experiment with our Homemade No-Cook Play Dough and RAFT's "What Floats Your Boat" kit to compare, contrast, and create the ultimate floating vessel. Recipes for easy make-at-home play doh will be available.
New RAFT Idea Sheets and Activity Kits! Available now at our San Jose and Redwood City resource centers.
Rapid Prototyping – Quick models are the perfect tool to help young inventors explore new ideas and develop creativity. Use easy-to-cut corrugated board and double-stick tape to create conceptual models.
Grades Covered: 4 through 12
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Math, Art
Curriculum topics: Engineering Design, Models, Creativity, Drawing
You can shop online for RAFT Activity Kits. We have a variety of hands-on science, math, and art kits for your educational program.
Visit the RAFT Online Store, and if you haven’t done so already, link your RAFT membership to your online store account to receive lower member pricing on all kits ordered online.