RAFT's workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum.

RAFT's material-based, hands-on workshops are unique in that each workshop attendee receives RAFT materials to support implementation of the activities shared in the class.

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 RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course:

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RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. For example, laser cutters are used to create math manipulatives, puzzles, create and etch graphic designs, etc. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware through short discussions and hands-on experiences. Participants will calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials appropriate for classroom use. Participants who complete the training will be certified to use the machine.

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Lazzarini is RAFT’s Mathematics Master Teacher/Activity Developer/Mentor specializing in Mathematics Education with a lifetime Single Subject CA Teaching Credential in Mathematics (K - adult). Her educational background includes a B.S. in Mathematics with honors from Santa Clara University; Masters in Teaching Mathematics graduate program at UC Davis; and post-graduate studies in Computer Science from Santa Clara University. She taught adult satellite tracking classes for the Dept. of Defense (7 years); GATE Math classes for San Jose Unified (1 year); First Grade (2 years); Jr. High Math (8 years); and Bellarmine High Geometry in summer school (3 years).

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators, design enthusiasts

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 7

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 25, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. For example, laser cutters are used to create math manipulatives, puzzles, create and etch graphic designs, etc. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware through short discussions and hands-on experiences. Participants will calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials appropriate for classroom use. Participants who complete the training will be certified to use the machine.

INSTRUCTOR: Tony Luong is an educator specializing in Technology and Design Thinking. He has taught English as a Foreign Language in Vietnam, technology to elementary school students in San Carlos School District, and international development to undergraduates as a fellowship director. He graduated S.F.S.U with Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Asian American Studies. His goal is to build upon the knowledge, practice, and confidence of all his students by leveraging the principles of hands-on building, visualization, gamification, and technology-infused approaches.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators, design enthusiasts

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 1, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. For example, laser cutters are used to create math manipulatives, puzzles, create and etch graphic designs, etc. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware through short discussions and hands-on experiences. Participants will calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials appropriate for classroom use. Participants who complete the training will be certified to use the machine.

INSTRUCTOR: Tony Luong is an educator specializing in Technology and Design Thinking. He has taught English as a Foreign Language in Vietnam, technology to elementary school students in San Carlos School District, and international development to undergraduates as a fellowship director. He graduated S.F.S.U with Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Asian American Studies. His goal is to build upon the knowledge, practice, and confidence of all his students by leveraging the principles of hands-on building, visualization, gamification, and technology-infused approaches.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators, design enthusiasts

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. For example, laser cutters are used to create math manipulatives, puzzles, create and etch graphic designs, etc. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware through short discussions and hands-on experiences. Participants will calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials appropriate for classroom use. Participants who complete the training will be certified to use the machine.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science teacher with 13 years of teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest are learning theories, teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He is passionate about using design challenges as a medium for teaching all content areas. He has been at RAFT for ten years working as a curriculum developer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, project manager, and enthusiastic tinkerer! Eric has taught over 230 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators, design enthusiasts

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 15, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 RAFT Electrical Engineering Game Board Challenge:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Electrical Engineering Game Board Challenge

Electricity plays a key role in modern society. It powers homes and businesses and keeps us comfortable by powering heaters and air conditioners. Most electricity that is generated is used to power lights and appliances for people around the world. This workshop takes participants through an instructional unit is designed to put students in the role of electrical engineers by providing them with experience in designing different circuit types and using a variety of electrical components, such as capacitors, transistors, and LEDs. Participants will learn the factors that affect the strength and direction of electric forces in circuits through several activities, online resources, and investigations. They will engage in a design challenge where they design and build a board game that incorporates circuitry as the basis of user interaction with the game.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science teacher with 13 years of teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest are learning theories, teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He is passionate about using design challenges as a medium for teaching all content areas. He has been at RAFT for ten years working as a curriculum developer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, project manager, and enthusiastic tinkerer! Eric has taught over 230 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle school science teachers

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 28

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. For example, laser cutters are used to create math manipulatives, puzzles, create and etch graphic designs, etc. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware through short discussions and hands-on experiences. Participants will calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials appropriate for classroom use. Participants who complete the training will be certified to use the machine.

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Lazzarini is RAFT’s Mathematics Master Teacher/Activity Developer/Mentor specializing in Mathematics Education with a lifetime Single Subject CA Teaching Credential in Mathematics (K - adult). Her educational background includes a B.S. in Mathematics with honors from Santa Clara University; Masters in Teaching Mathematics graduate program at UC Davis; and post-graduate studies in Computer Science from Santa Clara University. She taught adult satellite tracking classes for the Dept. of Defense (7 years); GATE Math classes for San Jose Unified (1 year); First Grade (2 years); Jr. High Math (8 years); and Bellarmine High Geometry in summer school (3 years).

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators, design enthusiasts

COST: $75 for members, $100 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 7

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 From Standard to Inquiry Unit:

RAFT Workshop

From Standard to Inquiry Unit

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are written such that each performance expectation concisely describes how students are to demonstrate their learning. These statements contain lots of information regarding the skills and content knowledge students need in order to be successful in meeting each expectation. This workshop will provide teachers with a useful strategy for deconstructing (unpacking) the performance expectations and using unpacked elements to create a sequence of lessons as part of a larger inquiry unit. Participants will engage in several hands-on activities, discussions, and collaboratively create a unit outline based on specific CCSS and/or NGSS performance expectations.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science teacher with 13 years of teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest are learning theories, teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He is passionate about using design challenges as a medium for teaching all content areas. He has been at RAFT for ten years working as a curriculum developer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, project manager, and enthusiastic tinkerer! Eric has taught over 230 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All K-12 educators

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 28

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Laser Cutter Certification Course

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. For example, laser cutters are used to create math manipulatives, puzzles, create and etch graphic designs, etc. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware through short discussions and hands-on experiences. Participants will calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials appropriate for classroom use. Participants who complete the training will be certified to use the machine.

INSTRUCTOR: Dianne Hurvitz joined the education team at RAFT after 8 years of teaching in classrooms PK-8. She earned a bachelor's degree in music, and a master’s degree in education. Dianne’s experience is diverse with a history in public, private, urban, rural, and non-classroom teaching environments. She has been a founding teacher at 2 schools, on opposite coasts, where she developed curriculum, created scopes and sequences, and established various programs including sports, music, drama, and wellness. Dianne is dedicated to supporting teachers through coaching and exploring innovations in education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators, design enthusiasts

COST: $75 for members, $100 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 Conway's Rational Tangles:

RAFT Workshop

Conway's Rational Tangles

Participants learn and practice an effective hands-on activity with lots of exercises focusing on the arithmetic required to work with positive and negative fractions. For example, four participants at a time hold the ends of two ropes perform a sort of square dance that tangles the ropes. Using fractions, the complexity of the tangle can be tracked, and even when badly tangled, simple arithmetic with the fractions can untangle the ropes. This workshop is appropriate for new and veteran teachers representing a variety of grade levels and involves discussions, demonstrations, and lots of practice!

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Davis has a Caltech BS and a Stanford PhD, both in mathematics plus two years as a post-doc in the Stanford EE department. He was a founder and principal scientist at Silicon Graphics for 16 years. For the past 20 years he has been busy coaching middle- and high-school students and middle-school teachers to apply problem solving techniques in mathematics. He has also written a number of game-like computer programs for students to explore topics like Euclidean geometry, group theory and surreal numbers.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle and high school math teachers

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 25

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 RAFT Electrical Engineering Game Board Challenge:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Electrical Engineering Game Board Challenge

Electricity plays a key role in modern society. It powers homes and businesses and keeps us comfortable by powering heaters and air conditioners. Most electricity that is generated is used to power lights and appliances for people around the world. This workshop takes participants through an instructional unit is designed to put students in the role of electrical engineers by providing them with experience in designing different circuit types and using a variety of electrical components, such as capacitors, transistors, and LEDs. Participants will learn the factors that affect the strength and direction of electric forces in circuits through several activities, online resources, and investigations. They will engage in a design challenge where they design and build a board game that incorporates circuitry as the basis of user interaction with the game.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science teacher with 13 years of teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest are learning theories, teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He is passionate about using design challenges as a medium for teaching all content areas. He has been at RAFT for ten years working as a curriculum developer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, project manager, and enthusiastic tinkerer! Eric has taught over 230 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle school science teachers

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 28

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Fees are listed after each class description, all materials included. Non-members who meet our membership guidelines can participate for a slightly higher fee. Classes fill up fast, so participants are encouraged to register and pay in advance, or provide a deposit. Fees are nontransferable, and refunds are only granted if you cancel at least one week prior to class. All refunds are paid in RAFT dollars. If you fail to attend class or cancel after the one-week deadline, you will not be given a refund. Deposits are returned when the class is completed, or if you cancel one or more weeks in advance.

You can register online or by phone at (408) 213-7216. To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call 408-213-7216.

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Waitlist Policy

Due to the popularity of RAFT workshops, we do maintain waitlists. There is no charge to be placed on a waitlist, and there is no obligation to attend the class should a spot become available. Should a spot open up in a class, RAFT will contact waitlist registrants in order of registration to offer the opportunity to enroll at that point. RAFT requests that waitlist registrants do not make plans to attend a class unless they have been contacted; seats are only made available if we have received a cancellation from a registered participant.

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Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University.

Participants can purchase one CEU from SJSU for every 10 hours of RAFT workshop instruction completed within a semester.

The cost is $60 for each CEU.

Simply request a SJSU registration form from your instructor at RAFT and submit to SJSU both the form and your check payable to SJSU. RAFT submits a roster of names each semester to SJSU of participants taking 10 or more hours of classes. Partial units are not available; hours from previous terms are not applicable.

For more information, please contact RAFT at (408)213-7216 or .

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Fees and Cancellations

Fees are listed after each class description, all materials included.

Non-members who meet our membership guidelines can participate for a slightly higher fee.

Classes fill up fast, so participants must register and pay in advance to be added to the class. Fees are nontransferable, and refunds are only granted if you cancel at least one week prior to class. All refunds are paid with a RAFT Gift Card. If you fail to attend class or cancel after the one-week deadline, you will not be given a refund. Deposits are returned when the class is completed, or if you cancel one or more weeks in advance.

You can register online or by phone at (408)213-7216.

To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call (408)213-7216.

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RAFT workshops are currently held at one of the following locations. Please verify the location of your class(es) when registering.

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