Available Workshops

Below is a list of the workshops that RAFT is currently offering.

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Hands-On Environmental Literacy - Water Stewardship

Please join us for a FREE event on October 14th!

In partnership with Ignited and funded through an EPA Environmental Education grant, RAFT is hosting a free workshop for teachers interested in hands-on environmental literacy activities in their classroom. More of a collaboration than a workshop, we'll be using "A long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park as inspiration and will review a STEAM learning design challenge where students devise a safe, practical and environmentally sound way of transporting fresh water. It’s a wonderfully engaging and rich learning experience for students as they first explore the importance and distribution of freshwater, then tinker with repurposed materials and finally produce and test a freshwater transport system. The activities can easily be modified to support existing lessons/curriculum or used as stand-alone learning experiences.

Food/light snacks and drinks will be provided. Join us and leave with all the materials needed to implement in your classroom! Did we mention it's FREE? Click the button below to register.

Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers

When: Saturday October 14, 2023 (10:00am - 12:00pm)

Where: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose CA 95131

Cost: FREE!!!

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From Novice to Cyber Ace: Hands-On Cybersecurity without Technology

Our world has become increasingly connected in recent decades thanks to computer networks and the Internet, and while these digital technologies are powerful and super useful, they also pose certain risks to the ever-increasing amount of digitally stored data available in education, business, banking and more. The need for effective cybersecurity measures for all people participating in cyberspace is at an all time high, especially for young students. This means teachers need useful tools and methods for students to learn about online dangers and how to protect themselves.

In collaboration with Palo Alto Networks, a multinational leader in global cybersecurity for nearly two decades, RAFT is offering this FREE workshop that supports and leverages Palo Alto Networks’ Cyber A.C.E.S program. Cyber A.C.E.S. (Activities in Cybersecurity Education for Students) aims to demystify cybersecurity for kids ages 5 to 15 through age-appropriate, interactive activities that help students have safer online experiences and become good digital citizens.

This workshop takes participants through lessons on two important aspects of cybersecurity, communication and responsible connectivity. First, participants learn about safe online communication by engaging in a hands-on activity where students use a variety of materials to make their own masks, serving as models for protecting self-identifying information online and developing ideas for creating one’s own avatar (Lesson 1.3). Then, participants learn about the importance of encryption as a way of protecting data by making a cipher disc, an ancient tool used to hide critical information that is still useful today for teaching students how to encrypt information using a secret key, akin to having a secret password (Lesson 4.1). Read more about the Cyber A.C.E.S. program and download facilitator guides in English, Spanish, German, French, or Japanese HERE.

Do not miss out on this great opportunity to help your students stay safe online. You will receive free hands-on kits, facilitation strategies, and more!

Click the button below to register today and reserve your seat!

Target Audience: Teachers of grades K-1 and 8-9

When: Thursday October 19, 2023 (4:30 - 6:30pm)

Where: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose CA 95131

Cost: FREE!!!

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