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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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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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Lagunita STEAM Night Highlights

Apr 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Lagunita STEAM Night Highlights

The Virtual STEAM Night at Lagunita Elementary School (Salinas, CA) held on Thursday March 4, 2021 was a really great event! Nearly 100 families participated in a 1-hour STEAM lesson focused on RAFT’s Car on a Roll STEAM project kit. Students assembled the cars…

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RAFT Stands in Solidarity with the AAPI Community

Mar 24, 2021 | Comments Off on RAFT Stands in Solidarity with the AAPI Community

RAFT is heartbroken by the violent, racist attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The latest attacks are only the most recent examples of a horrifying increase in harassment and violence against the AAPI community, largely fueled by divisive, xenophobic sentiments.…

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Engineering Design Challenge: Cat Care

Mar 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Engineering Design Challenge: Cat Care

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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