October 2014

RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1994, RAFT leverages community donations and volunteer support to serve 12,000 educators each year who teach over 900,000 students.


  • books
  • file cabinets
Select books on sale for 50% off marked price. (Sale does not include Klutz or specialty books.)
Two drawer filing cabinets with cushioned tops and keys, $30.00 each. (RAFT San Jose only from 9/25-9/27.)

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News and Events

RAFT's Annual Dinner

RAFT San Jose will be closed October 7th, 8th, and 9th for our annual fundraising event. RAFT Redwood City will close at 5:00PM on Wednesday, Oct 8th for our annual fundraising event.

Renaissance Day, Saturday, October 11th, 10:00AM-2:00PM

renaissance Join RAFT staff for our first ever Renaissance Day celebration. All members that come in costume, (head pieces count), will receive a prize. Activities include egg carton dragon making (bring your egg carton), make a shield with your own family crest (instruction provided) and create a hero’s journey book of your own, and much more.

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Hands-On Activities

Leonardos Bridge

Renaissance Day Activities

Leonardo's Arched Bridge - Make a self-supporting bridge designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Be amazed by the ingenious simplicity of his creation! Use Leonardo's idea to inspire a student design challenge. Grades Covered: 4 through 12 Subjects Covered: Physical Science Curriculum topics: Forces, Engineering, Design

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Professional Development


RAFT Fall Workshop Schedule

RAFT's workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum. All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University.

Saturday, October 11th - Modeling Connections between Next Generation Science and Common Core Math Practices: The needs of the 21st century require solutions from innovative people who possess practical scientific and mathematical knowledge and the necessary skills to apply it. Mathematicians, scientists, and engineers are connected through the activities they do within their disciplines. This workshop focuses on the connections between the math, science, and engineering practices embedded within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The instructors will demonstrate how to identify specific practices using RAFT activities and then model how to build meaningful connections between the practices in science, math, and engineering. Participants will learn to identify the practices and provide examples of their application through hands-on activities, group discussion, and other useful tools.

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