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RAFT is Bay Area Parent’s Best of the Best (Again!)

September 5, 2023

RAFT is pleased to have been selected as a Bay Area Parent Magazine 2023 Best of the Best Tutoring or Education Support Program. This is the fourth consecutive year RAFT has finished at the top of the list thanks to our comprehensive in-person and online educational offerings, including STEAM Project Kits, Maker Mobile van visits, makerspace builds, tailored educator workshops and more.

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From Camper to Camp Counselor: Yiesha R.’s STEAM Dream Story

May 24, 2023

For brand new campers, the first day of camp is filled with curiosity, a few stomach butterflies and a ton of anticipation for the exciting adventures to come. But what about the first day of camp for a new camp counselor? And what if that camp counselor used to be a camper herself?  We caught…

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RAFT STEAM Teachers of the Year 2022

May 31, 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 STEAM Teachers of the Year! RAFT’s STEAM Teacher of the Year Awards recognize outstanding pre-K-12 teachers in the Bay Area who incorporate effective hands-on learning and/or maker education into their curriculum. Each awardee demonstrates excellence in teaching in at least one of the following areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math.  RAFT…

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Happy International Day of Education from RAFT!

January 24, 2022

Today the world celebrates International Day of Education! Not only do we recognize the contributions of teachers, the personal development of students, and the hard work of everyone in the education field, but we also take today to recognize the role of education for the world. Education can unlock every individual’s potential and pave the…

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RAFT Hires New Director of Development Mizgon Darby

Feb 1, 2017 | Comments Off on RAFT Hires New Director of Development Mizgon Darby

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – February 1, 2017 – RAFT – Resource Area for Teaching, the leading solution center to help educators in transforming a child’s learning experience through hands-on education, is excited to welcome our new Director of Development, Mizgon Darby. “In the last…

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RAFT Announces Cyber Security Learning Module and Design Challenge Kit

Jan 10, 2017 | Comments Off on RAFT Announces Cyber Security Learning Module and Design Challenge Kit

San Jose, CA, January 10, 2017: There is a growing need for a digitally literate workforce that uses technology in a safe and secure way. Through a generous grant from Symantec Corporation, the global leader in cyber security, RAFT has developed a cyber security…

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San Jose K-8 School Adopts RAFT Makerspace

Dec 15, 2016 | Comments Off on San Jose K-8 School Adopts RAFT Makerspace

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – December 15, 2016 – RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) and members from the Orchard School community together created a new makerspace. With the help of Project Ember, the group of students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and RAFT employees transformed an…

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RAFT’s ‘Reason for the Seasons’ and ‘Time for Shadows’ Idea Sheets Help Students Understand What Causes Our Seasons

Nov 30, 2016 | Comments Off on RAFT’s ‘Reason for the Seasons’ and ‘Time for Shadows’ Idea Sheets Help Students Understand What Causes Our Seasons

Use Hands-On Activities to Teach Seasonal Variations SAN JOSE, CALIF. – November 30, 2016 – RAFT – Resource Area for Teaching, the leading solution center to help educators in transforming a child’s learning experience through hands-on education, announces the res 2016 is coming on December…

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RAFT Activity Teaches Programming Without the Need for Devices in Preparation for Computer Science Education Week

Nov 29, 2016 | Comments Off on RAFT Activity Teaches Programming Without the Need for Devices in Preparation for Computer Science Education Week

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – November 29, 2016 – RAFT – Computers are everywhere and success in the future will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.  Unfortunately fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction,…

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RAFT Celebrates Eric Welker’s 2016 Breakfast of Champions Award

Oct 27, 2016 | Comments Off on RAFT Celebrates Eric Welker’s 2016 Breakfast of Champions Award

An Achievement Honoring Outstanding Expanded Learning Partners SAN JOSE, CALIF. – October 27, 2016 – RAFT – Resource Area For Teaching, the leading solution center to help educators in transforming a child’s learning experience through hands-on education, announces Master Teacher of Education R&D, Eric…

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