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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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Sares Regis Supports Maker Mobile Visit to Costano Elementary

Mar 11, 2022 | Comments Off on Sares Regis Supports Maker Mobile Visit to Costano Elementary

RAFT would like to thank the Sares Regis Foundation for providing a grant to support the students and teachers at Costano Elementary.  On February 15, RAFT worked with Costano makerspace teacher Bill Correll (Mr.Bill) to bring the Maker Mobile to Costano Elementary to serve…

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Woman’s Club of Palo Alto supports East Palo Alto Academy STEAM Initiative

Jan 31, 2022 | Comments Off on Woman’s Club of Palo Alto supports East Palo Alto Academy STEAM Initiative

RAFT would like to thank the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto for providing a grant to support the students and teachers at East Palo Alto Academy (EPAA) in their STEAM initiatives over the past year. During the early days of distance learning, RAFT provided…

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Happy International Day of Education from RAFT!

Jan 24, 2022 | Comments Off on Happy International Day of Education from RAFT!

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…

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RAFT Makerspace Build comes to San Lucas Union School District

Jan 19, 2022 | Comments Off on RAFT Makerspace Build comes to San Lucas Union School District

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…

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

Jan 15, 2022 | Comments Off on RAFT’s Winter STEAM Lab Uses STEAM Activities to Take Students to the Stars

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…

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Launch into January with our Puff Rocket STEAM Activity!

Jan 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Launch into January with our Puff Rocket STEAM Activity!

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…

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