Summer Camp FAQ
Our program will engage students to explore relevant community obstacles and U.N. Global Goals using design thinking to create solutions for our world’s greatest challenges. RAFT’s hands-on STEAM kits, design challenges, and curriculum lay the foundational work for students to rapid-prototype, explore scientific concepts, collect data, and build creatively using environmentally sustainable materials. Students will work in whole and small groups to encourage fun and innovative collaboration. As part of our design thinking and creative reuse model, we engineer social-emotional learning opportunities for all students in an equitable and safe space. Students will work toward a final project and present with a team.
We have 6 tracks of fresh material from RAFT taught twice in our 6 week camp sessions. What’s the same is, students will draw, write, photograph, and present their work with a team. What’s different amongst the sessions is the theme, the hands-on materials we use, the RAFT kits we incorporate, and the problem we are trying to solve.
We are offering the camp virtually with real-time facilitation from certified teachers. Historically, this is run as an in-person experience, and we hope to return to that in a near future year.
A live certified teacher will be present instructing the students during each class session. This year we have Qi, Tenaya, Eric, Chase, and Mikey from the Education team at RAFT.
Whole group is usually 10 to 1. In a small group, it will be 4 to 1. Visiting experts in their field, RAFT volunteers, and student interns will support in small group instruction.
Yes, they are.
RAFT’s Education department has worked directly with students as well as workshops and events with schools and teachers. RAFT’s summer STEAM Lab has been running for the last 3 years direct to students.
The program works on a sliding scale, RAFT would like to best meet your needs and the needs of the community. We offer a financial aid program and the most competitive cost model in the Bay. On average students may need to pay $250 a week total which includes materials, STEAM project kits, synchronous learning with a certified teacher, and a whole lot of fun.
Credit Card, Debit Card, Check, or Money Order.
At the time of registration. Students are accepted up until the Wednesday before the week of camp if there are spots available. For offline payments (check or money order), your registration will not be complete until we receive your payment.
Fill out our google form with some basic information. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If RAFT has not mailed you the materials, you may still cancel if necessary.
If RAFT has mailed your summer materials to you, it is no longer possible to cancel your session, nor will we be able to offer you a refund. The materials and kits will have instruction, so they can still be used and enjoyed. Real-time camp is taught only during the daily schedule of 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. RAFT STEAM Project Kits have videos online to walk you through if a day of camp is missed and we will work to get you caught up as well.
There is one AM session from 9:00am-12:00pm and one PM session from 1:00pm-4:00pm daily. All students are in the same 3 hour session and in groups as needed.
Materials will be mailed to you after you have successfully registered for your session up until Wednesday the week before your session begins. After that, you must pick up your materials from RAFT.
Enrolling in a RAFT STEAM Lab session is easy. Follow this link. Fill in all the required fields for contact information and billing to secure your spot. We look forward to working with you and your child.
We suggest you apply at least 2 weeks before a session begins to confirm your registration and allow us enough time to send your materials. However, you may register up until the Wednesday before the session begins to receive mailed materials, or up until that Thursday (you must then pick up your materials from RAFT that Friday).
Computer or Chromebook to join our class remotely, and the box of materials provided by RAFT. Additional basic tools and materials may be needed, such as scissors, ruler, pencil, pens, and paper. The essential materials will be provided by RAFT in a box matching the session of camp you have registered for.
Parents are welcome to be present at any time during the camp session.
Yes, RAFT records and stores these sessions in a private digital location for our Education department to review for training purposes and quality assurance.
As this summer program is currently remote, we will not be providing any food items. The kits provided by RAFT with the week’s materials will not contain any food or refrigerable items.
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