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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 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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Beyond the Traditional Math

Oct 28, 2015 |

By Courtney Hunter, Resource Specialist As Common Core is being integrated in every classroom amongst all grade levels, it is leaving some parents and children feeling baffled, perplexed, and many times, lost. With the new California Common Core methods students have yet to learn…

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RAFT Reaches 3 Million Cubic Feet of Donated Materials

Oct 15, 2015 | Comments Off on RAFT Reaches 3 Million Cubic Feet of Donated Materials

NetApp donates 700 cubic feet of material to RAFT, helping the non-profit reach 3 million cubic feet of donations to date. Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) reaches 3 million cubic feet of  donated material in part thanks to FORTUNE 500 storage and data management company…

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2015 IMD Cohort Visits RAFT

Oct 13, 2015 |

By Greg Brown, Director of Education Iniatives, RAFT Each year, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) executive MBA program makes a visit to Silicon Valley to see innovative companies, including RAFT. Participants of the program are executives from around the world who are…

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Girl Scouts Installs Drought Friendly Plants at RAFT

Oct 1, 2015 | Comments Off on Girl Scouts Installs Drought Friendly Plants at RAFT

September 30 – Girl Scouts troop #61010 returned to Resource Area for Teaching(RAFT) to plant a drought-friendly butterfly garden. The garden will be displayed in front of the organization’s office entrance in San Jose, California. The Girl Scout Organization promotes community service at all age…

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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes!

Sep 28, 2015 |

By Jeanne Lazzarini, Math Master Educator/R&D Specialist, RAFT I have often shared with my students that I make mistakes, and I have learned so much because of them! Sometimes I even purposefully made a mistake in a math lesson to see if students take…

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RAFT Hosts Code.org Professional Development Workshops

Sep 16, 2015 | Comments Off on RAFT Hosts Code.org Professional Development Workshops

  RAFT teams up with Code.org to offer free workshops to assist in teaching computer science. Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) is offering free technology classes designed by Code.org, who will cover all workshop costs. The workshops will be open to everyone, though slots…

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