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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 Makerspace Build comes to San Lucas Union School District

January 19, 2022

The rain of December took a brief hiatus to allow RAFT’s Education Team to bring the excitement of a makerspace build to San Lucas Union School District in southern Monterey County. With the support of all 75 students, they built new tool walls and shelving units to get their makerspace organized and even better than…

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RAFT’s Winter STEAM Lab Uses STEAM Activities to Take Students to the Stars

January 15, 2022

We’ve said before that it’s a great idea to kick off the new year with some STEAM learning, and we’re so happy to say that the RAFT Education Team helped the students of Luther Burbank Elementary School in San Jose do just that. In the first week of January, the team held a week-long STEAM…

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Launch into January with our Puff Rocket STEAM Activity!

January 10, 2022

Our “Puff Rocket” is our STEAM activity of the month, and it’s the perfect kit to launch 2022 with some great STEAM learning. Like all of our quality kits, it guides you through fundamental lessons with some really fun challenges, all while being made sustainably with simple materials. Who doesn’t want to launch a rocket?…

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Closing the Content Knowledge Gap

Jan 19, 2016 |

By Elisha Burns, RAFT Fellow Let me be one of the first to say there is an elephant in the room of education and it is called content knowledge.  As a teacher that has spent a few years teaching I can honestly say that…

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RAFT Hosts Public Review of the New California Science Curriculum on January 13th

Jan 11, 2016 | Comments Off on RAFT Hosts Public Review of the New California Science Curriculum on January 13th

RAFT will host a public review of the new California Science Curriculum at their San Jose location co-sponsored by the California Science Teachers’ Association On January 13, 2016, Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) will hold a public review of the CA Science Curriculum at…

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Over 200 Cisco Employees Volunteer at RAFT During the Holiday Season

Jan 4, 2016 | Comments Off on Over 200 Cisco Employees Volunteer at RAFT During the Holiday Season

Cisco employees donated time and money to RAFT during the holiday season to help support hands-on learning. Bay Area tech company Cisco volunteered by the masses during this holiday season at Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT). Seven groups led by department heads participated in…

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RAFT Unveils Four New Hands-On Idea Sheets

Dec 15, 2015 | Comments Off on RAFT Unveils Four New Hands-On Idea Sheets

Four new Idea Sheets were introduced by the RAFT team to help reinforce deeper levels of hands-on learning. December 15, 2015 – Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) added four new Ideas Sheets aligned to national curriculum standards to their library of over 700 free, downloadable Idea…

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Learning the Art of Engagment

Dec 8, 2015 |

By Earlene Coleman B.A.,M.Ed   It can be a little unsettling when you think you’re teaching the perfect lesson and actually very few students are paying attention.  Teaching has often been called a “noble profession,” one requiring diligence, patience, and a great sense of…

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RAFT Honors Michelle Steever with Teacher of the Year Award

Nov 30, 2015 | Comments Off on RAFT Honors Michelle Steever with Teacher of the Year Award

Michelle Steever, Physics teacher at Pioneer High School, earns the Robert Brownlee Award from RAFT.   Each year Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) selects a leader in hands-on science education to receive the Robert Brownlee Teacher of the Year award. This year, the award…

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