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Renovated Volunteer Center Thanks To Rebuilding Together and DPR Construction

October 25, 2021

With help from Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley and DPR Construction, RAFT has a new and improved volunteer center. Thank you to the volunteers for revamping our volunteer center and providing an inviting space for our volunteers and staff. DPR Construction is a unique technical builder with a passion for results, consistently ranked in the top general contractors…

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Members: Help us improve and win a $50 RAFT gift certificate!

October 19, 2021

Your input last year led to many significant changes to improve the shopping experience at RAFT. Here’s how your feedback helped us:  Members wanted more direction within the store. So RAFT added signage throughout the store with more signs to come! Members wanted to buy more technology items for sale at RAFT. So we brought…

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2 New Kits!

October 18, 2021

RAFT has 2 new kits: Paper Sunflowers and Rolling Maze. These kits are the first in a series of kits specially geared for early childhood educators (ECE) and early elementary teachers. Paper Sunflowers Young learners practice motor skills and blend science, art, and math to create beautiful plant models. Our new Paper Sunflowers STEAM Project…

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RAFT Hall of Fame | Class of 2021

September 23, 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 STEAM Teachers of the Year, RAFT Heroes, RAFT Partner of the Year and RAFT Volunteer Award winners! Thank you for all you do for our students, our education community, and RAFT! STEAM Teachers of the Year Melissa NakamuraLagunita Elementary School STEAM Teacher of the Year presented by KPMG Mrs. Nakamura is…

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Teacher Training at Luther Burbank School District

Aug 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Teacher Training at Luther Burbank School District

On Monday, August 16, 2021, RAFT helped the Luther Burbank School District kick off the 2021-22 school year with a professional development session focusing on materials and makerspace teaching. This session is the first of many more engagements planned between the school and RAFT.…

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Paying Tribute to Nigel Ball

Aug 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Paying Tribute to Nigel Ball

The RAFT family is sad to share the passing of our current board member and longtime friend and supporter, Nigel Ball. “During the many years that I had the joy of knowing Nigel, I found him to be a kindred spirit.  He shared my…

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Ramp It Up Event with RAFT’s Maker Mobile

Jul 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Ramp It Up Event with RAFT’s Maker Mobile

The RAFT Maker Mobile, sponsored by The Sharks Foundation and Western Digital, rolled onto the Milpitas School District campus on a cool July morning. About 50 summer school students joined RAFT’s Education facilitators, Qi Diaz, Mikey Ramot, and Mike Pollock for the Ramp It…

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Have You Used Our Laser Engraver?

Jul 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Have You Used Our Laser Engraver?
Laser Engraver

Our laser engraver is available for use by approved RAFT members from Wednesdays through Fridays. Approved members are those that have taken the RAFT introductory laser workshop. We understand that it may have been a while since you last used a laser engraver, so if you…

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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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