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2021 Christmas Sale – Finish the Year Strong!

November 30, 2021

Excited for the holiday season? Get your holiday decor and gifts early on at RAFT during our Christmas Sale from now till December 23rd. We have a great selection of holiday items at affordable prices.  Save BIG on your christmas decorations with 75% off on all of our christmas decor.  Last-minute shopping for gifts for…

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It’s Time to Tinker, Thanks to RAFT’s New STEAM Project Kit Subscription Service!

November 27, 2021

We at RAFT are proud to launch our new STEAM Project Kit Subscription Service! Becoming a subscriber means you get a selection of our quality STEAM learning kits every month, all at an affordable price! We hope that this service will continue our mission of making hands-on STEAM learning even more accessible, so become a…

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RAFT’s Commitment to Responsible and Affordable Hands-on STEAM Learning

November 16, 2021

Science, technology, engineering, art, and math. When we hear these words, it’s easy to picture students in a classroom, scientists in white coats huddled together in a lab, or an engineer hunched over a drawing board. And that’s totally understandable! After hearing so much about STEAM education programs and the need to prepare our students…

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Thank you, StopWaste!

November 15, 2021

It’s our mission at RAFT to make STEAM learning more accessible and effective through our various programs – from our Store, to Maker Mobile to our Project kits and activities. And, as we carry out this mission, we do our best to stay committed to environmental sustainability. For that reason, we are incredibly thankful to…

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RAFT Receives $15,000 Grant From StopWaste

Aug 11, 2015 | Comments Off on RAFT Receives $15,000 Grant From StopWaste

StopWaste supports Resource Area for Teaching in upcycling repurposed materials into inspiring hands-on learning tools August 11, 2015 – Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) has just been awarded a “Reuse Operating Grant” from StopWaste, a public agency responsible for reducing the waste stream in Alameda County.…

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Giving Positive Reinforcement to Inspire Your Students

Aug 6, 2015 |

By Eric Welker, Master Teacher and Activity Developer, RAFT Positive reinforcement is simple and necessary in all classrooms – but can be forgotten while class rigor becomes more demanding. Here are some easy tips to remind ourselves to praise our students daily. 1. Have…

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New Colorado STEMworks database spotlights successful STEM programs

Jul 24, 2015 | Comments Off on New Colorado STEMworks database spotlights successful STEM programs

Expanding database connects educators to the state’s successful STEM supporters Denver, Colo. – A powerful new resource for Colorado educators, students, and STEM supporters — the Colorado STEMworks database — will make it easier than ever to partner with successful STEM (science, technology, engineering,…

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Hope Services Team Up With RAFT

Jul 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Hope Services Team Up With RAFT

July 16, 2015 – Hope Services volunteer at Resource Area for Teaching to help improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT), the San Jose-based nonprofit organization committed to hands-on learning, has long focused on supporting teaching…

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Let’s Talk Innovation: Adapting Ideas From RAFT’s Innovation Institute for Your Curriculum

Jul 15, 2015 |

By Jen Rodgers, 8th Grade Science Teacher Last summer I attended RAFT’s two-day “Innovation Institute.”  It would take several posts to share with you everything I learned and was able to apply to my classroom.  However I would like to share one activity with…

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