RAFT provides educators with the 21st century teaching skills and innovative ideas through the many workshops and special events offered throughout the year. The event calendar displays these offerings.

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Closed for Easter

RAFT Closed for Easter Holiday

RAFT Closed for Easter Holiday

When: Sat 04/04/2015

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silkworms and Butterflies

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silkworms and Butterflies

Investigate the life cycle of a silkworm and butterfly, and learn more about them than you ever thought possible! Cross-curricular lessons and projects presented in the workshop will include: 3-D life cycles, pop-up books, comparing moths and butterflies (such as the Anise swallowtail) and using Venn diagrams, scientific drawing, notebooks, and more. Extensions for biological and genetic experimentation will also be presented. A comprehensive bibliography will be provided for a successful insect unit in your own classroom.

Time: Sat 9:00 AM 04/11/2015

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You're Invited: Building Dedication Event Honoring RAFT Founder, Mary Simon

You're Invited: Building Dedication Event Honoring RAFT Founder, Mary Simon

Join us at RAFT San Jose as we dedicate the building to RAFT Founder and Former Executive Director Mary Simon. Celebrate, eat pie, and get great ideas for Earth Day. Free, no RSVP needed.

Time: Sat 10:00-11:00am 04/18/2015

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Earth Day Activities

Earth Day Activities

Join us in celebrating Earth Day. We will have plenty of ideas for you to take back and use with your students. You can look forward to:

Demos of RAFT activity kits and re-purposed bulk materials
Earth Day Idea Sheets
Make and take activities

Time: Sat 9:00am-2:00pm 04/18/2015

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NASA’S BEST – Satellites and Space Flight

NASA’S BEST – Satellites and Space Flight

Have you ever wondered how to engage students in scientific and engineering practices using simple, everyday materials that might otherwise go to waste? NASA's Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, activities bring the principles of engineering alive to younger audiences. NASA's BEST activities help teach students the engineering design process while supporting Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The activities can be used to supplement curricula during the school day or as activities for after school clubs and youth programs.

Come be a student, and explore the versatility and possibilities of NASA's BEST through inquiry learning experiences. Leave with ideas and inspiration to integrate hands on learning into any content area to keep your students engaged.

Time: Sat 10:00 AM 04/18/2015

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Modeling Connections between NGSS and Common Core Math Practices

Modeling Connections between NGSS and Common Core Math Practices

The needs of the 21st century require solutions from innovative people who possess practical scientific and mathematical knowledge and the necessary skills to apply it. Mathematicians, scientists, and engineers are connected through the activities they do within their disciplines. This workshop focuses on the connections between the math, science, and engineering practices embedded within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The instructors will demonstrate how to identify specific practices using RAFT activities and then model how to build practical connections between the practices in science, math, and engineering. Participants will learn to identify the practices and provide examples of their application through hands-on activities, group discussion, and other useful tools.

Time: Sat 10:00 AM 04/25/2015

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