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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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Thanking RAFT Volunteers: Jean and Wayne

April 27, 2021

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 Suzuki. Since the very beginning, they have supported RAFT and help…

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Remembering Charles Geschke: Adobe Founder and RAFT Hero

April 22, 2021

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.  His legacy embodies the utmost accomplishment in STEAM as well as…

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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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RAFT Spring Sale

Feb 22, 2021 | Comments Off on RAFT Spring Sale

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Featured: Pratik’s Dream Playground Project

Jan 13, 2021 | Comments Off on Featured: Pratik’s Dream Playground Project

We love inspiring the next generation of innovators, problem solvers, and creators! Here’s a young engineer at work: Pratik Patel, a 2nd grader from the San Ramon Valley School District, took part in RAFT’s Dream Playground Design Challenge program. Pratik built a dream playground…

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A Successful Voyage

Sep 24, 2020 | Comments Off on A Successful Voyage

On September 23, 2020 the SS RAFT took sail. During the virtual event, guests were able to learn more about RAFT, honor people and organizations that have had a profound impact on the education community, and learn what RAFT is doing to support joy…

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RAFT Hall of Fame | Class of 2020

Sep 23, 2020 | Comments Off on RAFT Hall of Fame | Class of 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 STEAM Teachers of the Year, RAFT Heroes, and RAFT Volunteer Award winners! Thank you for all you do for our students, our education community, and RAFT! STEAM Teachers of the Year Meredith JonesMission Park Elementary STEAM Teacher of the Year…

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Welcome to Our New Website

Jul 26, 2020 |
New RAFT home page

When you visited www.raft.net you probably noticed a change. Surprise! We are happy to announce that RAFT has a new website!  2020 seems to be the year of changes, and RAFT is no exception. We are excited about this good change.  For the past…

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