Workshop Schedule

RAFT workshops are designed to facilitate the practice of hands-on learning, to offer low-cost professional development opportunities, and to enrich the education of children. Our workshops offer YOU the opportunity to enjoy the fun of interactive learning.  Register by selecting sessions of interest below and enroll on-line!  If you have any questions, please e-mail amy@raftcolorado.org

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Saturday, May 10, 9am – 4pm,
ECE Intensive: Project Learning Tree
Join trainers from Project Learning Tree, to explore developmentally appropriate nature activities with science, math, music, movement, snacks, reading, and art for ages 3 – 6. This six hour workshop will include the PLT learning curriculum for you to keep. The workshop will allow you to make and take examples of lessons you are participating in as well.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in getting trained on the PLT curriculum for ECE.
COST: Members: $45; Non-members: $75, the cost of this workshop includes the $35 PLT curriculum that you will keep at the conclusion!
 
Saturday, May 17, 11am – 1pm,
Using RAFT: Making it your own personal resource
Join the RAFT Staff every second Saturday for a hands-on exploration into the ways of RAFT. Feel free to bring ideas and units of study relevant to your classroom as there will be time to try out and prepare materials and ideas for taking back to your classroom. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to use RAFT resources to maximize opportunities for students in the classroom.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in getting to know all the tools available to use at RAFT.
COST: FREE!; non-members $15 daypass in order to shop.
 
Tuesday, July 22, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Hands-on Outside
Environmental Education (EE) is not just games and journals. It can be very content-driven, curriculum-rich, and meet state standards. EE can also be implemented without field trips. Come explore how to use the tools that are often associated with environmental education to enhance student classroom experiences.
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for those seeking additional CSM credit.
 
Tuesday, July 22, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Inspiring the Genius from Within
The need for hands-on skills and knowledge in Technology and Engineering is greater now than ever before. Discover how one Technology Education/Industrial Arts teacher works collaboratively with all content areas to reinforce state standards in Math, Language, Science, Physical Education, Visual Arts, Information Technology and Social Studies to help create a well rounded Genius (aka: the student) through hands-on, project based learning activities completed in a Research and Design Woods Technology Lab. Discover strategies for collaborating across content areas, dive into project examples, understand the Technology and Engineering Design Cycle and fill your toolbox with helpful resources to implement hands-on, project based learning with ease.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Design Thinking & STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for those seeking additional CSM credit.
 
Tuesday, July 22, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Hands-on Literacy
Come experience the fun of hands-on reading, writing and communicating activities that can help liven your literacy block. These activities can be used as great extensions for students who are avid readers and writers and need challenges and opportunities to apply their learning, while others are great motivators to engage struggling learners who may be uninterested in reading and writing due to difficulties they experience. We all need to know how to communicate in many forms, come fill your toolbox up with some fun engaging ideas that will support every type of learner that you may have in your classroom!
TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20
 
Tuesday, July 22, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Teachers Pay Teachers – how to make it work for you!
Do you have lessons and curriculum that you have developed over the years? Why not help out fellow educators by making your work accessible to others ? and earn money in the process! Bring lessons and units that you have developed over the years and spend time in this session getting to know the process of Teachers Pay Teachers. By the end of the session, you might even have one or two uploaded ready to earn you money when other teachers go to use your ideas. Share ideas and network with others in this session while giving yourself the time to focus and share your ideas in a way that pays you back.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20
 
Tuesday, July 22, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Ancient Temples, Simple Machines and Complex Spectacles
Today Vegas is the epitome of gaudy shows and marketing ploys, but it is far from the first. For millennia science has blended with showmanship to entertain and attract spectators and patrons. Come build your own spectacle using a STEM approach rooted in Greek antiquity.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Social Studies and STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for those interested in additional CSM credit
 
Tuesday, July 22, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Designs into Learning
“ARCHITECTURE” serves as the general content to an activity-based workshop promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills. Relying on recyclables and low or no cost everyday items, an academically rich, multi-disciplinary curriculum focusing on the built environment can be created that children & adults will find stimulating and challenging. From “Newspaper skyscrapers” to “Architecture Bingo”, lessons created for Denver Architecture Foundation’s CAL Project (http://denverarchitecture.org/programs/education-in-the-schools) will be shared in an entertaining & creative workshop.
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for those interested in additional CSM credit
 
Wednesday, July 23, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Earth Systems Science
Discover new techniques to teach your upper elementary and middle school students about Earth Systems Science. Denver Museum of Nature & Science will bring along specimens and expertise to supplement and enhance these engaging geology, paleontology and earth science activities.
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for those interested in additional CSM credit
 
Wednesday, July 23, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Kinetics Engineers
Roll, bounce, spin, fly! Come investigate balls, ramps & pathways with the expert “Playologists” from the Children’s Museum of Denver. In this hands-on workshop, you will: 1) gain foundational understanding of key physical science concepts, 2) learn how to facilitate design challenges for students working in collaborative groups, 3) dig in to the Science & Engineering Practices of the NGSS and explore applications in your classroom.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Design Thinking & STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for those interested in additional CSM credit
 
Wednesday, July 23, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Preparing the Canvas, Creativity and the Young Child
What could creativity look like in your classroom? This hands-on workshop will give you direct classroom applications for infusing creativity in your classroom?beyond the art room! Discover DAM resources and programs created for teachers and their students, PreK-1st Grade. Come ready to participate in activities that promote creativity, imaginative play, story-telling, and language development. Make classroom connections and discover how the Denver Art Museum can support your students’ creativity. Return to your classroom inspired to dive deeper into the world of creative possibilities.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20
 
Wednesday, July 23, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Differentiation in Literacy
In the primary classroom, whether it’s accommodations on an IEP or just trying to address all the different levels of learners in your classroom, understanding differentiation will help you meet the educational needs of your students. This is an informative, hands-on session for primary level literacy. Critical information to fully understand differentiation is presented. You’ll learn levels of differentiation based on the amount of preparation required. Product, Presentation, and Content are the “PPC of effective differentiation.” You’ll gain expertise in how diverse learners experience the demands of school on a daily basis. This will help you in designing lessons appropriate for all students. The real fun begins when you actually experience differentiated, multisensory activities. You’ll participate in fun and engaging, hands-on tasks to help you differentiate in the areas of Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, & Spelling for primary level students. Our participants will also see how these different learning activities tie to Common Core. Maximize your ability to make learning accessible to all levels of learners in your classroom and come join in the fun!
TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20
 
Wednesday, July 23, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Learning STEM through Games
Exploring the content of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can come alive when explored through games. Having students work in collaboration to design games and formulate rules can support social/emotional development as well as meet content standard expectations. Leave this workshop having made at least one game of your own and ideas for how to use games in many formats to meet standard expectations across STEM content.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Social Studies and STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional credit through CSM
 
Wednesday, July 23, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Make Robots faster than you make sandwiches!
Do you have students interested in design, making, hands-on technology, or electronics and cause and effect or sci fi? You probably have already considered how robotics brings together all of these elements, plus the opportunity for exploring cause and effect, and project-based and collaborative learning, and hands-on learning. If you’ve been looking for the right robotics opportunity for you class, camp, club, or library. Perhaps you’ve been intimidated by not being a robotics expert yourself. Come join Modular Robotics and learn how robots with no complicated wiring or programming required are a reality, and a great teaching tool! You’ll be building robots in within minutes of this workshop and then we’ll engage in ways to use robotics to inspire your students to collaborate and demonstrate how robotics can ignite interest in a range of topics (DIY/Making, arts, computational thinking, claims and evidence, life science, cognition and psychology, Engineering, and more!). Pre K – 12 Educators (not just teachers! All the educators!) of all skill levels and backgrounds are encouraged to join this session. Preschoolers can make Cubelets work and so can you! Robotics for everyone isn’t a tag phrase ? we mean it and hope you’ll join us whether you’re a former engineer, veteran coder, or completely new to robots and computer science.
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional credit through CSM
 
Thursday, July 24, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Sparking Interest in Circuitry
Join retired NASA Aerospace Engineer Tom Graves as he takes you on a journey with batteries. Build up your background knowledge about how batteries work while also constructing your own penny battery! Participants will get to explore connectivity further with conductive playdough and creating circuits of their own. This is sure to be a shockingly good time!
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional credit through CSM
 
Thursday, July 24, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Building the Human Hand
The hand is one of the most versatile components of the human body. This flexible subsystem is a critical interface for sensing and evaluating incoming data and constructing/ forming objects. The Anatomy In Clay? Learning System provides you with a truly hands-on experience ?- to use your own hands to build and create meaningful structures within the human hand, the muscles and ligaments that provide the hand’s strength and agility. When a student forms an object, (such as a muscle), out of a non-descript medium, (such as a stick of clay), and discovers how to accurately place it on a scale model of the hand, the creative mind is engaged — the hands teach the mind. Join us to experience this inspirational cutting edge teaching method. The medium used is plasticine clay, applied on a realistic 60 percent of life size skeletal model. This experiential approach engages the kinesthetic mind and enhances the educational experience across all learning styles.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Design Thinking & STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional credit through CSM
 
Thursday, July 24, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Supporting the Common Core with Hands-on
Hands-on explorations enable students to make connections across content and apply their knowledge in new and unique ways. These tenants are also the underpinnings of the Common Core standards. Spend time exploring how to use hands-on learning opportunities in your classroom to free up time by making lessons interdisciplinary and open to allowing students to demonstrate their learning across content areas in engaging ways.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20
 
Thursday, July 24, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Literacy in Math
In the elementary classroom, whether its accommodations on an IEP or just trying to address all the differing levels of learners in your classroom, understanding differentiation will help you meet the educational needs of your students. This is an informative, hands-on session for elementary level math that utilizes inexpensive manipulatives. Critical information to fully understand differentiation is presented. You’ll learn levels of differentiation based on the amount of preparation required. Product, Presentation, and Content are the “PPC of effective differentiation.” You’ll gain expertise in how diverse learners experience the demands of school on a daily basis. This will help you in designing lessons appropriate for all students. The real fun begins when you actually experience differentiated, multisensory activities in elementary math. You’ll participate in fun and engaging, hands-on tasks to help you differentiate in the areas of number sense, math facts and problem solving strategies using inexpensive manipulatives. Learn how games can be used as formative assessments and can aide teachers in tailoring instruction to the needs of the individual student. Our participants will also see how these different learning activities tie to Common Core. Maximize your ability to make learning accessible to all levels of learners in your classroom and come join in the fun!
TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20
 
Thursday, July 24, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: The History of Place: Five Hands-on Strategies for Exploring Environmental History in Your Own Backyard
The historic stories of your community and site can be an engaging entry point for exploring current environmental issues. Learn how History Colorado Center is using historic stories to help visitors think about environmental choices and brainstorm ways that you can integrate history and Environmental Education. The session will focus on local, Colorado environmental history and will help formal and non-formal educators to identify and use Colorado stories in their programs. Goals and Outcomes: -understand how environmental stories are being used at the History Colorado Center -identify 1-2 environmental themes or stories in the local history of your site or community -create a hands-on lesson using RAFT materials to illustrate the story of your place. -connect historic challenges and solutions to current environmental issues.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Social Studies and STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Thursday, July 24, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Building the Human Hand
The hand is one of the most versatile components of the human body. This flexible subsystem is a critical interface for sensing and evaluating incoming data and constructing/ forming objects. The Anatomy In Clay* Learning System provides you with a truly hands-on experience to use your own hands to build and create meaningful structures within the human hand, the muscles and ligaments that provide the hand’s strength and agility. When a student forms an object, (such as a muscle), out of a non-descript medium, (such as a stick of clay), and discovers how to accurately place it on a scale model of the hand, the creative mind is engaged — the hands teach the mind. Join us to experience this inspirational cutting edge teaching method. The medium used is plasticine clay, applied on a realistic 60 percent of life size skeletal model. This experiential approach engages the kinesthetic mind and enhances the educational experience across all learning styles.
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Friday, July 25, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Fun, Science in ECE!
Enjoy a lively session with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science featuring an inquiry approach to science that includes playful exploration, hands-on activities, literacy connections and activities that integrate science throughout the classroom. You’ll leave this ECE session with great ideas to get your kids excited about science and nature!
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Friday, July 25, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Not Your Typical Energy Workshop!
Experience energy in a new way! Project Learning Tree (PLT) has integrated science, music, dance, and hands-on activities to investigate energy concepts in creative ways. Explore fossil fuels, renewable energy, transformation, and conservation. Students develop critical thinking skills to make decisions about their personal energy use through hands-on activities. Optional Kit purchase $35 which is $10 discount from online. Kit includes CD, DVD, Posters. Read more about this kit at https://www.plt.org/energy-education-activities-for-students
TARGET AUDIENCE: Design Thinking & STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Friday, July 25, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Denver Water
Come let Denver Water help you teach water in the classroom. Learn from experts how to explain where their water comes from, how it is collected, treated and distributed, and how the urban water cycle fits in with the natural water cycle. Denver Water, as one of the leaders in water conservation in the U.S., can help you teach students the value of water in a community and why it’s important to use it efficiently.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Friday, July 25, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Invasive Species
Emerald ash borers, gypsy moths, mountain pine beetles, spruce beetles, thistles, knapweeds, and more. Which are native? Which are Invasive? What is an exotic species? A noxious species? How big a problem are weeds? What is the risk? What is the best way to deal with them? Learn about threats to our urban and rural forests, and how to teach about this environmental issue and others. Do you have any ash trees in your yard? Do you know how to protect them from EAB? Receive Project Learning Tree’s “Focus on Forests” module for secondary students and experience several activities so you’re ready to use them with your students. Learn more about this guide at https://www.plt.org/focus-on-forests.

“The Activity Guide will be available for purchase for $20.”

TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Friday, July 25, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: 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 learners 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: Social Studies and STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Friday, July 25, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Get Crafty with Electronics in the Classroom
People solder together electrical components to make all sort of electrical gizmos, but did you know you can also sew circuits together and even make paper circuits? This is a great way to start kids inventing without having to worry about them burning themselves. Join Angela Sheehan from SparkFUN electronics to explore fun ways to bring circuits into the classroom with etextiles!
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Saturday, July 26, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: The Science of Stuff
There is stuff all around us…how can we make use of this stuff to engage kids in scientific and engineering practices? Come be a student for the morning and explore the learning that comes from inquiry of stuff. This process will take participants through three separate experiences with the same materials to explore the versatility and possibilities of stuff. Leave with ideas and inspiration of how to integrate science into any content time of your day and keep your students engaged with hands-on.
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit
 
Saturday, July 26, 9am – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Youth Mental Health First Aid
Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone experiencing a mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches you about common warning signs and risk factors for mental health problems and provides a five-step action plan and resources for helping someone in crisis. The course is an 8 hour certification that is similar to a basic first aid course but for issues surrounding depression, anxiety, depression, etc. with youth. Our goal to train anyone who works with youth, as well as teens, in how to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis in emerging adults.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
COST: Members: $50; Non-members: $65; This is a 6 hour certification course.
 
Saturday, July 26, 9am – 12pm,
RAFT Symposium: Design Challenges
Come prepared to participate in multiple design challenges. Learn the steps of the design process and how to use it to engage your students with STEM standards. These activities can help your students improve their abilities to work with others, communicate effectively, think outside the box, make the world a better place by creating novel solutions to existing problems, and fall fast to succeed sooner. And you get to do it all first! Don’t be nervous?there’s always more than one right answer. Join Nancy Hall as she shares her years of experience working with students and teachers in designing and creating resources and materials related to STEM and inquiry.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Design Thinking & STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit.
 
Saturday, July 26, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: The Power of Play
Amid pressures for standardization, accountability and school readiness, “play” can feel like a dirty word, even in early childhood. In this session, we’ll blend discussion and personal exploration as you gain the skills to plan for and identify high-quality play, discover the connection between play and executive function, and learn how to explain the value of and advocate for rich play experiences.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Social Studies and STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit.
 
Saturday, July 26, 1pm – 4pm,
RAFT Symposium: Exploring the Next Generation Science Standards
Next Generation Science Standards are a comprehensive source for engaging students K-12 in the sciences and exploring the practices and processes that scientists use in their careers. Come dive into the standards and take a journey through the paradigm shift that is being presented with these new standards. Leave with ideas and understanding of how NGSS can be integrated into your classroom next year helping students to make connections across the curriculum! Time will be spent exploring the standards online and discovering what new resources are available to you. As well as participating in shared experiences with others to understand how hands-on activities serve to help you create learning experiences for students to demonstrate their knowledge under the new standards.
TARGET AUDIENCE: STEM
COST: Members: $5; Non-members: $20; This course is eligible for additional CSM credit.

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