Professional Learning Experiences

Access + Expertise

RAFT’s personal coaching, practical workshops, inspiring institutes, and fun gatherings are designed to be relevant, hands-on, and immediately applicable.  After participating in any of our professional development offerings, our goal is to have you walking away with the knowledge, the repurposed materials, and the motivation to replicate your experiences with your students!  In addition to offering workshops here at RAFT, we now are able to bring professional development to you through our RAFT On Wheels program.

We know that many students benefit from hands-on learning, and now, teachers in rural Colorado can access RAFT’s creative repurposed materials and training through RAFT On Wheels.  This special and unique program will inspire teachers and students alike across the state.  –Governor Hickenlooper  

PD Packages

Bring your team to RAFT for half-day or full-day workshops that empower teachers to design and deliver hands-on lessons that build 21st century skills and bring academic concepts to life.  Current content options include Upcycled MakerSpaces, STEM for Early Childhood, Engineering Across the Curriculum, and Developing Hands-On Activities to Support Academic Standards (more options coming soon!).  We can customize our curriculum to meet your learning needs.  These packages include RAFT memberships for all participants; workshop and take-away materials; and Contact Hour Certificates.  Click here for pricing (up to 25 teachers).

RAFTy Workshops

Open to members and non-members alike, these workshops are great opportunities to have fun, build your skills, and connect with other teachers!  The content of these workshops can range from opportunities to explore applications of RAFT kits, to unique learning experiences provided by special presenters, to fun “RAFTy Crafty” make-and-take gatherings.  Sign up below.

Summer Symposium

In July, RAFT is the place to be for an inspirational and interactive opportunity for educators to reimagine how to connect curricula to engaging hands-on activities, to meet and learn from their colleagues, and to have lots of FUN!  Whether you register for one session or several, we hope your experiences will leave you refreshed, re-energized, and remembering why you love teaching.

RAFT On Wheels

RAFT On Wheels (ROW) is a professional development road show, delivering one of our Professional Development packages to your door.  We provide content and coaching, repurposed materials to implement the training with students, and a RAFT membership to provide access to all of our resources.  Click here for pricing (up to 25 teachers).  Underwriting opportunities are also available.

You can register for RAFTy Workshops by selecting from the sessions below and clicking the enroll button. Sessions must be pre-paid: you may pay online using paypal, over the phone, or in person.

 


 

Workshop Calendar

To enroll in a Workshop, please select from the available future workshops listed below.

After you’ve selected your desired workshops, you will be directed to the workshop sign up page to complete the enrollment.

 
Wednesday, April 12, 5:30pm - 7pm,
Synesthesia: The Fusing of Senses Synesthetic Instruments: The Fusing of Circuitry and Art
Instruments do not have to just make the music. They can be a part of the visual performance that is making music. Come learn how to build circuitry into instruments to make them light up as they are played.
TARGET AUDIENCE: 1-12
$10 for Members $25 for Non-Members
 
Wednesday, April 19, 5:30pm - 7pm,
Cardboard Automata: Art, Science, and Simple Machines
Developed by the Exploratorium's PIE Institute, Cardboard Automata are a playful way to learn about simple machine elements such as cranks, cams, levers and linkages while creating a mechanical sculpture. This activity uses simple materials to get started and can become as complex as the learner's imagination makes it. Cardboard Automata is a great example of integrating art, science and engineering. For the learner, the narrative and decorative aspects of the automata take on equal weight with the mechanical elements. In this workshop you will learn about the mechanics of simple machines by building creative automata incorporating elements from RAFT's vast store of materials. This is an activity that can be translated to the classroom at many levels as well as being a fun opportunity to unleash your own creativity.
TARGET AUDIENCE: 2-12
$10 for Members $25 for Non-Members
 
Wednesday, April 26, 5:30pm - 7pm,
Cardboard Automata: Art, Science, and Simple Machines
Developed by the Exploratorium's PIE Institute, Cardboard Automata are a playful way to learn about simple machine elements such as cranks, cams, levers and linkages while creating a mechanical sculpture. This activity uses simple materials to get started and can become as complex as the learner's imagination makes it. Cardboard Automata is a great example of integrating art, science and engineering. For the learner, the narrative and decorative aspects of the automata take on equal weight with the mechanical elements. In this workshop you will learn about the mechanics of simple machines by building creative automata incorporating elements from RAFT's vast store of materials. This is an activity that can be translated to the classroom at many levels, as well as being a fun opportunity to unleash your own creativity.
TARGET AUDIENCE: 2-12
$10 for Members $25 for Non-Members
 
Wednesday, April 26, 10:30am - 12pm,
Cardboard Automata: Art, Science, and Simple Machines for Homeschool Families
Developed by the Exploratorium's PIE Institute, Cardboard Automata are a playful way to learn about simple machine elements such as cranks, cams, levers and linkages while creating a mechanical sculpture. This activity uses simple materials to get started and can become as complex as the learner's imagination makes it. Cardboard Automata is a great example of integrating art, science and engineering. For the learner, the narrative and decorative aspects of the automata take on equal weight with the mechanical elements. In this workshop you will learn about the mechanics of simple machines by building creative automata incorporating elements from RAFT's vast store of materials. This is an activity that can be translated to the classroom at many levels as well as being a fun opportunity to unleash your own creativity.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Homeschoolers 8 and up and their families
$15 for Member Families $30 for Non-Member Families


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