Available Workshops

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

Virtual STEAM Showcase

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

In this 1.5 RAFT professional development workshop, you will have the opportunity to imagine, plan, make and demonstrate a STEAM project through your own mini-virtual STEAM showcase. We will work through demystifying distance hands-on learning at home, and explore how hands-on learning can create community even in a virtual class. You will use creative reuse materials and RAFT STEAM Project Kits to collaborate, make, share, and build community.

Registration Deadline:
Friday, October 23, 2020 (for the October 27 session)
Sunday, October 25, 2020 (for the October 29 session)

Learning Progressions with Kits

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

RAFT has a variety of STEAM Project Kits that are designed so students and teachers can easily explore topics in math, science and other subjects. They are excellent resources that come with materials and easy-to-follow teacher instructions. Although each kit is usually focused on a particular concept or phenomenon, our project kits can be used in combination to provide a logical scope and sequence (learning progression) to scaffold the learning and build towards understanding topics and phenomena in more depth. Participants in this workshop will practice assembling and using some of our kits and gain experience with one or more learning progressions around interesting science and engineering topics. This workshop is ideal for those looking to develop progressions that cover a few days or several weeks. Workshop materials will be sent to registered participants prior to the workshop.

Registration Deadline:
Sunday, October 25, 2020

RAFT STEAM Project Kit Series: Hands-On in the Virtual Classroom

Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

RAFT has a variety of STEAM Project Kits, but how do you facilitate hands-on experiences and use kits in the virtual learning space? This workshop provides strategies and practice for successful use of our kits during live virtual sessions or for asynchronous discovery and practice for students.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced RAFT Project Kit user, you will gain beneficial tips and tricks and hands-on practice in using our kit resources in practical ways. Workshop materials will be sent to registered participants prior to the workshop.

Registration Deadline:
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Challenges for Grades 4-8: Student Involvement and Focus

Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

In this workshop you will explore many different methods for organizing and managing your online classes while dealing with the social-emotional, educational, and physical needs of this pre-teen group. Topics covered in this class include:

  • Planning and implementing synchronous and asynchronous units
  • Managing interactive online lessons (Zoom and Google Meet)
  • Creating and playing games online with students for educational and social-emotional learning (SEL)
  • Making your own teaching videos for fast and easy tools to deliver content and support
  • Collaborating with other teachers!

Workshop materials will be sent to registered participants during the week prior to the class.

Facilitator: Elizabeth Brooking has taught in West Contra Costa for many years and is brave enough to teach upper elementary and middle school students. While enjoying technology, Elizabeth focuses on simplicity when possible and is well-versed in hands-on STEM education.

Registration Deadline:
Monday, November 9, 2020

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