Rafiakids classes in Marin County, California, are the front-facing end of a business with a bigger purpose: to create the materials needed for new maker educators to get started and run their own classes.
We work with local makerspaces, schools and teacher training colleges to help teachers and new teachers. At the same time, we build relationships with edtech companies to provide the best support we can. This is in terms of a guided teaching program and recommended materials and supplies.
We bridge the gap between school and home learning, providing classes and activity ideas suitable for use in after-school clubs, as well as within a maker class in schools.
Projects are for lower and upper elementary age and can be scaled up and down according to individual abilities and experience.
We are a small team with a broad reach. Rafiakids Founder Claire Comins is a journalist and editor who has been teaching maker since 2013. Ali David is a community maker with a background in natural sciences who specialises in el-wire. With a combined mix of science and arts backgrounds, we like to think of ourselves as renaissance innovators - to excel in today's world, we believe children need to be fearless learners, following their natural curiosity and exploring their own interests through hands-on making.
We are passionate about maker as an exciting model for 21st-century education that puts children at the heart of their learning. We strive to stay true to the maker philosophy of cultivating an enquiring and open mindset through project-based learning while providing entry-level activities.
We are always delighted to talk about maker! To find out about Rafiakids classes or how to start teaching using our tried and tested materials, contact Claire via firstname.lastname@example.org