RAFT, A Leader in Hands-on Education, Announces Online Expansion

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RAFT hands-on interactive learning Activity Kits available online nationwide

“To learn 21st century skills – critical thinking, creative problem solving and collaboration - kids need to be actively engaged in solving meaningful problems. Over a million children use RAFT’s Activity Kits every year to acquire these skills..."

RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching), a non–profit that has been promoting hands-on interactive learning for 18 years, announced today that it will be offering a variety of popular RAFT hands-on Activity Kits through its website http://www.raft.net

The Activity Kits feature engaging and innovative projects, created around important concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that are appropriate for kids in K-8 grade levels and are aligned to California State Education Standards. Made from commonly available materials, RAFT kits provide an inexpensive and proven way to help educators, inside and outside of the classroom, by engaging students during classes, increasing subject matter comprehension, and boosting academic achievement.

With over 600 titles of pre-tested Idea Sheets, conveniently pre-packaged Activity Kits, professional development workshops that assist educators with adopting and implementing a hands-on educational approach (http://www.raft.net/rockman-study), as well as an abundance of wholesale, recyclable materials and mentoring resources, RAFT has been a haven for Educators in Northern California and Colorado who believe in hands-on learning.

Now educators everywhere can have access to resources that can change science, math, art and language classrooms into fun learning environments. Mary Simon,RAFT Founder and Executive Director, states, “RAFT will take the best of our ideas, products and programs and make them available over the Internet. Activity Kits will have step by step instructions as well as an accompanying video that demonstrates how the kit can be used.”

With the expansion into the web world, moms, dads and grandparents for the first time have access to the myriad, highly affordable, hands-on learning options that RAFT has to offer. Says Nigel Ball, Vice Chair, RAFT Board and a VP at Oracle Corp, “To learn 21st century skills – critical thinking, creative problem solving and collaboration - kids need to be actively engaged in solving meaningful problems. Over a million children use RAFT’s Activity Kits every year to acquire these skills and now we are delighted to reach out to a whole new world of Activity Kit users nationwide who can enjoy the fun and effectiveness of hands-on learning. And you don’t need to be a member to buy online!”

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