Available Workshops

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

Found Engineering with Reusable materials

Saturday, March 27, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

How can you make a wheel and axle with cardboard and straws? Which is better at holding two pieces of tubing together, rubber bands or craft sticks? This virtual workshop focuses on “found engineering”, the creative reuse of materials to solve engineering problems in new, non-obvious ways. This is a great foundation for anyone wanting to learn how to use common inexpensive objects to create meaningful engineering projects. Participants work on engineering projects, exploring material attributes and best practices for processing materials. Workshop materials are sent to registered participants prior to the workshop. (2 hours)

Home-Based Science Learning

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

Many of us learned some science at school, either as young learners or as adults. Science learning is definitely not restricted to the classroom, and some of the most interesting science phenomena can be explored in our own backyard, kitchen and living room! This virtual workshop leads participants through some science explorations and investigations that are practical, requiring only a few simple materials often found at home and at RAFT, and can prepare you for engaging students through the activities with confidence. Workshop materials are sent to registered participants prior to the workshop. (2 hours)

Registration Deadline:
Friday, May 7, 2021

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RAFT STEAM Project Kit Extensions

Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

RAFT develops many project kits covering different STEAM topics that provide students with joy as they learn new hands-on skills. This virtual workshop provides training on ways to extend the kits beyond the written instructions and enhance student learning, providing teachers with practical methods for differentiating their instruction. For example, the RAFT Car on a Roll kit can be a simple exploration of forces and motion but can become a mini research project on energy and collisions. Workshop participants engage in some project kits focused on specific phenomena and leave with ideas and skills for extending the kits that can be immediately applied. (2 hours)

Registration Deadline:
Friday, May 14, 2021

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RAFT STEAM Project Kit Learning Progressions

Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

RAFT has a variety of STEAM Project Kits that are designed for easy exploration topics in math, science and other subjects. They are excellent resources that come with materials and easy-to-follow teacher instructions. Our project kits can be sequenced to provide a scaffolded learning progression and build towards understanding topics and phenomena in more depth. Participants in this workshop practice using our kits and gain experience around interesting STEAM topics. This virtual workshop is ideal for those looking to develop progressions that cover a few days or several weeks. Workshop materials are sent to registered participants prior to the workshop. (3 hours)

Registration Deadline:
Monday, June 14, 2021

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