Become a Member
RAFT helps educators transform the learning experience through hands-on education.
As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help underwrite RAFT services and keep costs down.
Members have access to the following educational resources available at RAFT.
RAFT’s educator resources are designed to support a wide variety of subject areas, academic standards, and levels of learning.
RAFT Idea Sheets are easy-to-use hands-on experience guides. Download for free and use commonly found materials to create engaging learning experiences.
New to hands-on teaching? Looking for ways to save time? RAFT’s Hands-on Teaching Tip Sheets are filled with practical advice that will make your job easier!
These affordable, ready-to-use activity kits take the prep work out of teaching with hands-on activities. Activity Kits come with all required materials and step-by-step instructions to bring engaging math, science, and art experiences to your students. Many are available in both singles and 10 packs to help you reach student audiences of all sizes. See which are available in RAFT member centers or the online store.
Learning at RAFT focuses on hands-on teaching techniques that directly support current best practices in education. Our Professional Development offerings include:
RAFT can help you meet your training goals with tailored sessions and series covering a variety of topics including STEM.
One-time and multiple-session offerings designed to meet your education team needs.
Practices for 21st Century Learning
This 3-part series empowers you with an effective and affordable way to learn and implement the practices of the new educational standards.
Low-cost training at RAFT locations in STEAM, ECE, & Classroom Skills to meet individual teacher needs and focuses on hands-on teaching techniques that directly support current best practices in education.
RAFT leverages community donations and bulk purchasing to offer a wide range of low-cost materials, hands-on teaching tools, and school supplies at our educator resource centers.
In addition to teaching basics such as markers and paper, we offer many creative reuse materials in bulk or by the bag. See below or visit our Shop page for examples of the affordable items we currently have in stock.
Resource centers are also equipped with the Green Room, a creative workspace providing RAFT members with equipment, ideas, and expert assistance.
Annual Membership Options
We serve all educators.
Anyone who is an educator can join RAFT. Our members work with people of all ages to inspire hands-on learning. To receive a membership card, just complete an application, show proof of affiliation as a volunteer or employee with an organization involved with education, and submit your fee.
All Memberships Include
- Hands-on education activities
- Discount materials in-store
- Shop online for discount materials
- Access to Idea Sheets & Lessons
- Free use of creative workspace
- Earn CEU credits with workshops and summer Institutes
New Memberships& Renewals
- For new members and renewals, enjoy access to all member benefits year round!
Group Memberships(Groups of 10 or More)
- Give your entire team access to RAFT all year long!
Day PassesSee if RAFT is for you!
- Not sure yet? Join a class or use RAFT facilities for the day and experience everything we offer.
Student MembershipsStudent ID Required
- RAFT supports students!
Retired TeacherThank you for your service!
- Supporting our retired educators.
Apply by Mail
Print and fill out the application, then submit by one of the following means.
- Mail to: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131
- Fax to: 408-451-1428
- Submit on your first visit
Proof of affiliation with a qualifying organization is required to receive a RAFT membership. If eligible, you will receive your RAFT card on your first visit.
Renew your RAFT Membership
RAFT helps educators transform the learning experience through hands-on education. As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help under-write RAFT services and keep costs down. Thanks to our 10,000+ RAFT members who bring engaging and affordable education experiences to 825,000+ kids a year!
You will be asked to submit your membership payment after you update your personal information. If you are a new member use our join form.
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