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RAFT Delivers 3 New STEAM Kits to Walden West

June 21, 2021

Two weeks ago, the Walden West Team was able to play with three new STEAM Project Kits: The Electric-wind Generator, Bread Bag Parachute, The Articulated Leg. Each person was able to design, prototype and test their designs in preparation for their summer camps. Over 300 students will be able to play with RAFT’s STEAM Project Kits…

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TK-2 STEAM Kits for Hands-On Early Childhood Education

June 21, 2021

RAFT has been fortunate to work with the very talented Jennifer Hunau, STEM Coordinator for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, in developing a series of 9 STEAM kits for over 6,000 TK-2 students. Pictured below are materials for 12,870 kits that were shipped to the district’s 22 elementary schools. With over 19,000 kits…

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San Antonio Makerspace Build

June 15, 2021

June 7th – 8th were busy days for the students at San Antonio Elementary School in San Jose. Nearly 50 students in grades K-5 built furniture for their school makerspace with RAFT! The makerspace build is a project from RAFT’s Education department where we come out to the school’s parking lot and build usable wooden…

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50 Teachers from the Salinas City Elementary School District Build Car On A Roll Kits

June 15, 2021

It was a fun-packed, fast-paced day at Boronda Meadows Elementary School in Salinas on Wednesday, June 9th! Nearly 50 teachers from the Salinas City Elementary School District participated in a professional learning opportunity (PLO) arranged by Julie Stephens-Carrillo from Hartnell College. This PLO serves as the teacher kick-off for the Salinas City STEAM Summer School…

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RAFT Delivers 3 New STEAM Kits to Walden West

Jun 21, 2021 | Comments Off on RAFT Delivers 3 New STEAM Kits to Walden West

Two weeks ago, the Walden West Team was able to play with three new STEAM Project Kits: The Electric-wind Generator, Bread Bag Parachute, The Articulated Leg. Each person was able to design, prototype and test their designs in preparation for their summer camps. Over 300…

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TK-2 STEAM Kits for Hands-On Early Childhood Education

Jun 21, 2021 | Comments Off on TK-2 STEAM Kits for Hands-On Early Childhood Education

RAFT has been fortunate to work with the very talented Jennifer Hunau, STEM Coordinator for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, in developing a series of 9 STEAM kits for over 6,000 TK-2 students. Pictured below are materials for 12,870 kits that were…

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San Antonio Makerspace Build

Jun 15, 2021 | Comments Off on San Antonio Makerspace Build

June 7th – 8th were busy days for the students at San Antonio Elementary School in San Jose. Nearly 50 students in grades K-5 built furniture for their school makerspace with RAFT! The makerspace build is a project from RAFT’s Education department where we…

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50 Teachers from the Salinas City Elementary School District Build Car On A Roll Kits

Jun 15, 2021 | Comments Off on 50 Teachers from the Salinas City Elementary School District Build Car On A Roll Kits

It was a fun-packed, fast-paced day at Boronda Meadows Elementary School in Salinas on Wednesday, June 9th! Nearly 50 teachers from the Salinas City Elementary School District participated in a professional learning opportunity (PLO) arranged by Julie Stephens-Carrillo from Hartnell College. This PLO serves…

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation Week

Saturday, May 8:  Do teachers ever fully retire? If you were to ask these teachers they would say no! RAFT relies heavily on volunteers to help make our resources accessible to the education community at low cost. On average around 6,000 volunteers support RAFT…

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Found Engineering

May 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Found Engineering

At RAFT we strongly believe that hands-on learning is crucial to a student’s development and learning. Students who are more physically engaged in the learning experience tend to have a deeper understanding with higher engagement and improved outcomes.  Hands-on activities require materials that can…

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