Who We Are
RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching), a non-profit organization was founded in 1994 in California, USA. RAFT's main focus is to inspire, engage and educate children through the power of hands-on teaching. As Mary Simon, RAFT Founder & Executive Director states, "If kids don't learn the way we teach, then we have to teach them the way they learn."
Learning by doing. This simple yet powerful concept has been RAFT's objective since its inception. Hands-on education translates abstract and complex subjects by incorporating activities that help children learn by doing. This ignites their interest, nurtures their natural curiosity, and also helps maintain a lifelong love of learning.
RAFT's mission is to help educators transform a child's learning experience through hands-on education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning. We are doing this today with some 10,000 educators, who teach both inside and outside the classroom. RAFT's products (Activity Kits & Idea Sheets), services (professional development and mentoring) and low-cost teaching supplies enrich and improve the education of over 825,000 young people each year.
Field tested with a high success rate in engaging students, and increasing retention and academic achievement, RAFT hands-on Activity Kits are now available online at www.raftstore.net
To provide kits and materials at low cost, the organization has developed an innovative supply chain process that converts commonly found or discarded materials from the business community into hands-on Activity Kits, all built with the help of thousands of volunteers.
RAFT MISSION STATEMENT
RAFT transforms teaching through the use of engaging ‘hands-on’ educational activities that inspire the joy and discovery of learning.
- To help educators TRANSFORM the learning experience through hands-on education
- To INSPIRE the joy and discovery of learning through hands-on education.
- To BRIDGE the 'Engagement Gap' through hands-on education
- To help LEVEL the playing field through hands-on education so that EVERY kid gets equal opportunity to understand concepts.