At the Discovery Days of the Bay Area Science festival held over the last couple of weeks, Chevron, demonstrated and gave away hundreds of hands-on RAFT Activity Kits to a wide variety of eager young students. One of the events was at the Cal State East Bay campus in Hayward.
This successful event provided students and teachers with clever hands-on, solid STEM learning, by discovering the fun creative techniques that make learning really meaningful!
Over 1,500 young people visited the Chevron tent where they got to learn about self-similar patterns in nature while making their own amazing fractal patterns with paint and CD cases from the RAFT Freaky Fractals Activity Kit!
The tent was continually packed with enthusiastic kids eager to make these fractal designs and they left with a variety of RAFT Activity Kits that cleverly illustrate STEM concepts from why our eyes see color (Black And White makes Color Activity Kit), how light separates into color spectrums (The Colors of Light), to how sound is made and changes in pitch (Glove-a-Phone Activity Kit, Buzz Off Activity Kit, Tongue Depressor Harmonica Activity Kit) and more!
Young participants placed their colorful painted fractals along a nearby creek bed to dry in the warm sun before taking them home --- creating a truly awesome effect for all to see!
By Jeanne Lazzarini, RAFT Math Education Activity Developer