June 2016

RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1994, RAFT leverages community donations and volunteer support to serve 10,500 educators each year who teach nearly 850,000 students.


What's in Store

PlayMais prices have been reduced!

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News and Events

Visit in June to Enter Raffle!

Each time members visit RAFT in June you will receive one entry into our drawing for tickets to The Tech. There is a limit of one entry per day, tickets are available at the register as you check out. At the beginning of July we will announce winners, one member will be selected from each RAFT Bay Area site (San Jose and Redwood City), each will win 2 tickets to The Tech.


Share your RAFT story!

If you love our work then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community. GreatNonprofits – the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback – is honoring highly regarded nonprofits with their 2016 Top-Rated List. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go here to get started!


What I WIsh I Learned in High School

Author: Dr. Steven Sims, Published by: EdNETInsight.com

Student debt levels are at historic highs. For the first time in 130 years, more young adults live with parents than not. Forbes reported in a recent article that “two-thirds of young adults commit at least one credit fumble (overspending on a credit card, missing payments, or defaulting) before they turn 30″. Continue reading here.


ASCD Webinar – Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Time: 1:00pm PST/3:00pm EDT

Location: Online

The ability to use metacognition is one of the characteristics of high-achieving students and a key skill that all students can learn. In this webinar, based on Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers’ ASCD book, Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, teachers and leaders will learn how they can teach students to drive their brains.

To learn more and register, click here.

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Hands-On Activities


Colors of Light

White light is actually a combination of different colors. This easy-to-build spectroscope creates a rainbow pattern (spectrum) by separating incoming light into its component colors. The interesting patterns it displays can be used to identify different sources of light. Experiment with a variety of colored filters and see how the images change

Grades Covered: K-12
Subjects Covered: Physical Science

Curriculum topics: Light, Color, Electromagnetic Spectrum

Download Idea Sheet here.

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Professional Development

RAFT Summer Workshops: EduCamp

This summer, we’re launching, RAFT EduCamp – professional development training different than you usually receive, a summer camp-like experience that is fun, engaging, and most of all useful. The camp sessions, held throughout July, will focus on the following 5 themes: Design Thinking, Design Challenges, Project-Based Learning (PBL), the Innovative Classroom, or the Outdoor Classroom. Some of the sessions are further focused by student grade range.

Each session provides “campers” the opportunity to do interesting activities that can be easily used to teach design, teamwork, critical thinking, and innovation using a variety of materials found at RAFT. Our curriculum is aligned with standards but the emphasis at RAFT EduCamp is on creativity and fun for participants!  Both members and non members are welcome. Get all the details here: http://www.raftbayarea.org/workshops.

Tuesday, July 5th: Engagement through Design Thinking 

Thursday, July 7th (Redwood City): Design Challenge Lessons with Raw Materials

Tuesday, July 12th: The Nuts & Bolts of PBL

Thursday, July 14th (Redwood City): Designing the PBL Experience

Monday, July 18th: The Innovative Classroom (Pre-K – 2)

Thursday, July 21stThe Innovative Classroom (Grades 3 – 5)

Friday, July 22nd: The Innovative Classroom (Middle School)

Monday, July 25th: The Outdoor Classroom (Pre-K – 2)

Wednesday, July 27th: The Outdoor Classroom (Grades 3 – 5)

Friday, July 29th: The Outdoor Classroom (Middle School) 






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