I was excited as soon as I saw the new RAFT Activity Kit “Solar Collector” on the night of the RAFT fundraiser. I spent the rest of the evening sharing my enthusiasm with the patrons who stopped by for a passport stamp. Here’s why…
My textbook describes the scientific method using wind turbine efficiency. Currently I pay $200 for a wind turbine kit that serves only 4 students for a total expenditure of $2,000 per year for 10 kits.
In contrast, the new RAFT Activity Kit will allow each of my 155 – 160 students to create their own wind turbine for under $50 – what a tremendous cost savings each year!
In addition, the new RAFT Activity Kit will allow me to include the new NGSS standards on energy and engineering, because the students will learn about solar collectors and create a mathematical model for measuring the efficiency of their wind turbine design.
So, RAFT worked its magic once again. I felt like RAFT held a fundraiser just for me, because with the money saved, now all of the 8th grade Physical Science teachers and all 400 of our 8th grade students can individually participate in the wind turbine project!
Hope Oliver, RAFT Fellow and Middle School Teacher