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San Antonio Makerspace Build

June 15, 2021

Last week, K-5 students from San Antonio Elementary School built furniture for their makerspace with RAFT. To learn more about our makerspaces, please visit https://raft.net/for-educators/makerspaces/ or contact education@raft.net to partner with RAFT.

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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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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7, 2021

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 each year.   Some of RAFT’s most dedicated volunteers are retired teachers.…

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Found Engineering

May 6, 2021

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 be transformed into learning tools and experiences. It is estimated that…

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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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Thanking RAFT Volunteers: Jean and Wayne

Apr 27, 2021 | Comments Off on Thanking RAFT Volunteers: Jean and Wayne

For 27 years, volunteers have played an important role at RAFT. Because of our volunteers, RAFT is able to make our resources available to the education community for affordable prices.  An example of volunteers playing an important role at RAFT is Jean and Wayne…

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Remembering Charles Geschke: Adobe Founder and RAFT Hero

Apr 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Remembering Charles Geschke: Adobe Founder and RAFT Hero

It is with deep sadness that RAFT marks the passing of Dr. Charles “Chuck” M. Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and RAFT STEAM Hero. Dr. Geschke founded Adobe with Dr. John Warnock in 1982 and changed how we share, create, and interact with information forever. …

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Engineering Design Challenge: Leprechaun Trap

Apr 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Engineering Design Challenge: Leprechaun Trap

Students engage in engineering challenges created and facilitated by RAFT staff that take advantage of household materials and/or use RAFT supplied materials. Challenges can be live or asynchronous. RAFT will showcase student design solutions on our social media platforms. This is a great way…

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