RAFT and Citizen Schools Provide After-School Training in STEM Related Professional Education

December 6, 2011

RAFT and Citizen Schools partners on a pilot project to evaluate effectiveness of RAFT Activity Kits

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 06, 2011

Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) and Citizen Schools are collaborating on a ten-week pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of âHands-Onâ activities in after school STEM education through December 13th, 2011. The students from Kennedy Middle School and Mc Kinley Institute of Technology in Redwood City will use a variety of projects from dissecting â˜owl pelletsâ to learning about water absorption in plants in the two STEM apprenticeships â“ â˜CSI: Kennedy,â and â˜Donât Pave My Bay, Bro!â. The two programs focus on forensic sciences and environmental awareness respectively.

The Citizen Schools program instructors, Benjamin Arnold and Daniel Chang use RAFT Activity Kits and RAFTâs repurposed materials to introduce middle-schoolers to exciting real world project simulations. During the past weeks, students used RAFT materials to understand concepts on DNA modeling, artificial blood and footprint casting, while Daniel Chang used RAFTâs Shake Table Activity Kit to model wet soil, among the many other activities. Benjamin Arnold says, âœStudents became investigators in their âœCSIâ apprenticeship, solving different hypothetical crimes by gathering evidence by using RAFT activities!â

Both the groups will present their results at a â˜WOW Eventâ on December 13th. Attendees get to unravel a crime using RAFT Activity Kits to gather the clues while students in the â˜Donât Pave my Bay, Bro!â program will present their findings in a science-fair setting.

Daniel Chang describes the importance of RAFTâs â˜Hands-Onâ Activity Kits, âœThe students will showcase their learning, demonstrate the power of RAFT Activity Kits, and highlight the resourcefulness of RAFT for teachers. The attendees will be impressed by our studentsâ creative use of RAFT Activity Kits using commonly found materials in their presentations.â

Adds Greg Brown, Education Director at RAFT, âœRAFT and Citizen Schools are perfect partners because our goals are so closely aligned. We both work to bring real-world experiences into the classroom. RAFT â˜Hands-Onâ Activity Kits, in the hands of Citizen School instructors, create powerful opportunities for real-world learning.â

RAFT makes it easy to “go green”â“ reusing everything from bottle caps and bubble wrap to discarded wood or foam packaging — and they become part of Science, math or Art activities. RAFT also provides training and professional development for Bay Area educators, ensuring that theyâre ready to connect and leverage the creative use of Activity Kits in the classroom while teaching to state standards.

Citizen Schools is an expanded learning time initiative that partners with middle schools to provide a longer school day. With Citizen Schools, students program their own video games, or redesign buildings with a local architect, or investigate a forensic mystery using basic chemistry â“ all the while bringing relevance to their education.


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