A great community day out at Marinovators

Wonderful to meet so many families at the College of Marin Kentfield Campus on Saturday. It was my third year at Marinovators but the first year for children from rafiakids classes to show their projects: Superheroes el-wire badges from the class at Kent Middle for grades 4-6 and Superhero transporter vehicles by children in the grades 2-3 class.

Thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat, a mini lightbox-making session and to enter our raffle. We will be in touch with the winners by the end of this week, May 5th. Thanks to lecrify.it and tinkering labs for providing the prizes.

New classes starting Wednesday this week at Kent Middle and Larkspur Rec.

Summer camps booking now.

Video from Saturday here. Happy making and see you soon!

Claire

rafiakids@gmail.com

What's so exciting about maker?

Rafiakids had the chance to be part of an exciting new local event this week. On Tuesday, over 200 families met in the Bacich community centre for a fun night of making, socializing, and discovering the great atmosphere that can be created when families gather in a creative environment. 

Rafiakids Founder Claire Comins took the opportunity to interview the organisers of the event, and the principal and Innovation and Integration specialist of this local public elementary school to hear what they think is so exciting about maker. 

'Maker activities encourage our children to be creative, ind ependent thinkers, and courageous in trying new things. And it is fun for all ages!”

Sarah Killingsworth, KSPTA Parent Ed committee and co-chair for Family Maker Night

 'It’s especially exciting because kids get to share this experience with their family and maybe make some discoveries with new materials, tools, or arts and crafts supplies.' 

 Annalyn Chargualaf-Peluso, co-chair for Family Maker Night

 'I think a hands-on approach is always beneficial in education. It really helps to give kids a conceptual understanding of the subject matter before branching off into the abstract. Plus, making taps into kids’ natural creativity and allows them to take ownership of their learning.'

Kevin Cutler, Innovation and Integration Specialist, Bacich Elementary and Kent Middle Schools

 'There’s something magical about bringing school families together for a parent-child event. We have such a wonderful school, that these moments allow us to feel the special bond that we have as a school community. The energy is so positive, and the challenge of working on a maker projects allows for our moms and dads to see their children in action and really engaged in creative learning – together.”

Sally Peck, Principal, Bacich Elementary School

  

 Rafiakids student with inspiration for the class el-wire project we'll be taking to the Marinovators Fair at College of Marin this April

Rafiakids student with inspiration for the class el-wire project we'll be taking to the Marinovators Fair at College of Marin this April

 Sharing projects and passing on new knowledge is a big part of the maker mindset. These students are great at that!

Sharing projects and passing on new knowledge is a big part of the maker mindset. These students are great at that!

 Elementary students taking a break from hands-on craft to program tiny ozobots at the rafiakids table

Elementary students taking a break from hands-on craft to program tiny ozobots at the rafiakids table

 littleBits are a great quick entry to making - and class videos show children what can be done with them

littleBits are a great quick entry to making - and class videos show children what can be done with them

What is rafiakids.com?

⦿ the home website for rafiakids coding and maker classes and camps in Marin County, California. 

⦿ a growing source of tried and tested maker ideas and coding challenges for children at home, in after-school clubs, libraries and makerspaces. 

⦿ the place to find reviews of the latest kits and products to help your child learn to make and code with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) core age: 7-11 (Grades 2-6 in the US, Years 3-7 in the UK)

⦿ the best place to start to find entry-level engineering, STEAM (Science, Technology, Art and Maths), and maker projects that are easy to source and quick to start.