Available Workshops

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

Engagement in a Virtual Class

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST
Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

This 1.5 hour workshop is all about having fun with reuse materials in a distance learning environment. We will address the challenge of engaging students in hands-on learning from behind their screens. In the process, you will walk away with quick, easy and engaging activities that you can do in your virtual class immediately. You will have an opportunity to create your own challenges and try them out in a safe space. Of course, you will get to play with RAFT STEAM Project Kits used in the culminating workshop, materials, and explore the newly developed digital resources focused on at home materials. We look forward to seeing you in our Virtual Engagement Workshop and sharing the joy of RAFT.

Registration Deadline:
Friday, October 2, 2020 (for the October 6 session)
Sunday, October 4, 2020 (for the October 8 session)

Home-Based Science & Engineering

Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 3:00 - 5:00 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 backyards, in our kitchen, and living rooms! This workshop leads participants through some science explorations and investigations that are practical, requiring only a few simple materials often found at home, and additional materials and resources provided by RAFT. Whether you are a new teacher or a pro, this workshop will prepare you for leading your students and engaging their families through the activities with confidence. Workshop materials will be sent to registered participants prior to the workshop.

Registration Deadline:
Saturday, October 3, 2020 (for October 10 session)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (for October 27 session)

STEAM Project Kits in the Virtual Classroom

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

In this 1.5 hour workshop, you will explore how RAFT STEAM Project Kits can be used to engage students in hands-on learning in a virtual environment. These prepackaged kits  are a great way to create student-led learning opportunities  without exhaustive planning requirements on your part. Participants will learn more about creative extensions that take RAFT’s STEAM Project Kits to the next level, and learn how to use them as a resource to engage students virtually. In addition, participants will develop a student experience that promotes and supports fun by integrating a project kit into one of their lessons.

Registration Deadline:
Friday, October 9, 2020 (for the October 13 session)
Sunday, October 11, 2020 (for the October 15 session)

Backyard Botany Workshop Series (3 sessions)

Starts Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 3:30 - 4:30 PM PST
Price: FREE!

Learn to leverage students’ home, place-based, outdoor experiences with plants for remote-DL science education. In this online training, educators build engaging, hands-on investigations around backyard botanical phenomena. During live, synchronous workshops, educators explore hands-on activities about why plants flower, insect and plant relationships, and plant structures. NGSS Life Science Disciplinary Core Ideas and Science and Engineering Practices will be highlighted.

The course consists of three 1-hour live virtual sessions and four asynchronous learning modules providing 7 hours of practice for participants to complete in between live sessions. Participants who complete all 10 hours of training are eligible for 1 CEU through SJSU Continuing Education. Appropriate for K-5 educators. Workshop materials will be sent to registered participants prior to the workshop. This FREE workshop is designed in collaboration with and is sponsored by Synopsys Outreach Foundation.

Workshop Live Session Dates:

Wednesday October 14, 2020 (3:30 - 4:30 PM)
Wednesday October 21, 2020 (3:30 - 4:30 PM)
Wednesday October 28, 2020 (3:30 - 4:30 PM)

Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Found Engineering

Friday, October 16, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

How can you make a wheel and axle with cardboard and straws? 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 inexpensive common objects to create robust and meaningful engineering projects.

You’ll work on 2-3 engineering projects in addition to exploring material attributes and how best to process common materials. You will also learn how to organize and manage materials to avoid excessive clutter and reduce clean-up time. Workshop materials will be sent to registered participants prior to the workshop.

Registration Deadline:
Friday, October 9, 2020

Creative Reuse Materials

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST
Price: $45 (materials and shipping included)

In this 1.5 hour RAFT professional development workshop, participants will discuss what creative reuse materials are, and the benefits of using them in the classroom. Participants will engage in hands-on activities using reused materials in order to get a better understanding of how they can reuse materials to support instruction—especially in a distance learning environment. In addition, participants will develop a student experience that promotes and supports fun by integrating reused materials into one of their lessons or projects.

Registration Deadline:
Friday, October 16, 2020 (for the October 20 session)
Sunday, October 18, 2020 (for the October 22 session)

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)

RAFT STEAM Project Kit Series: Learning Progressions with Kits

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM PST
Thursday, December 10, 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:
Thursday, October 22, 2020 (for October 29 session)
Thursday December 3, 2020 (for December 10 session)

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:
Thursday, November 5, 2020

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