June 2015

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 11,000 educators each year who teach nearly 900,000 students.


What's in Store?

Data Center Chess Sets
Data Center Chess sets are only $3 each. Come get yours before we run out!
Free This Week
Gently used binders and green hanging file folders are free June 23-27. These items are available at both RAFT Bay Area locations!
20/20 Membership Offer is Back!
Starting July 1st, RAFT will once again offer members a 20/20 membership. When members bring a friend to RAFT, that friend is eligible to join for $20, that's half off! As a thank you to our members, you will also be able to renew for $20. Renew now or receive a coupon which can be used when you're ready to renew anytime between now and August 2016. This offer cannot be combined with any other and is good for the month of July 2015 only. Bring a friend and enjoy 20/20!

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News and Events

Save the date for our second session of Fun With STEM!
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015 
Location: RAFT Redwood City
Time:10am – 10:45am

Celebrate the 4th of July “and the rocket’s red glare” at RAFT Redwood City on Saturday, June 27!Join us for our second “Fun with STEM” session where we will explore the science of rockets with “Puff Rockets” and “Fizzy Rockets.”We’ll also practice the science skills of observation and classification with a game of “Mind Mixer.” Finally, we’ll end our celebration with a rousing rendition of “Yankee Doodle” with “Tongue Depressor Harmonicas.” Don’t miss out on a morning of food, facts, freebies, and fun!

Sessions will be held in the Green Room on the last Saturday of each month, 10:00am-10:45am. There is no cost for members to attend. For additional information, please contact Ofelia Delgadillo at ofelia@raft.net.

Mark Your Calendars! Learn about Free Summer Reading Resources
Date: Thursday, June 25
Location: RAFT San Jose  

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

We know summer learning loss erases gains make in the school year. OnThursday, June 25th, staff from the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) will be at RAFT San Jose to share information about free Summer Reading Program resources. We encourage you to bring your children/students to see samples of prizes they can win in the Summer Reading Challenge and to register to enter. Additional info like SJPL BOUND Magazine will be available.  Come and enjoy an informative and fun session about summer learning!

RAFT Creates Chihuly-esque Art

Dates: Thursday, June 25 5:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday, June 27 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: RAFT San Jose 

Join us at RAFT San Jose for Chihuly-esque type bottle art decorating! Due to member interest we’ve decided to hold these special workshops to show how the decorations on our Membership Tree were created.

Bring clean water bottles or other types of plastic bottles. We will provide markers and tea lights for you to experience this fun and creative alternative use of water bottles!

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Hands-On Activities

The Colors of Light

White light is actually a combination of different colors. This easy-to-build spectroscope creates a rainbow pattern (spectrum) by separating incoming light into its component colors. The interesting patterns it displays can be used to identify different sources of light. Experiment with a variety of colored filters and see how the images change!Grades Covered: K through 12

Subjects Covered: Physical ScienceCurriculum topics: light, color, electromagnetic spectrum Visit the RAFT Online Store, create your RAFT Online Store account and receive lower member pricing on all kits ordered online. 


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Professional Development

LAST CHANCE! RAFT summer institutes start this week. There are a few spots left in our technology, engineering, and math institutes. Register now!

RAFT Institutes All About STEM 
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will inspire and encourage you to use a variety of hands-on teaching methods through practical exercises using commonly found materials.

Institutes take place this June through July at RAFT’s San Jose and Redwood City locations. Join the more than 250 attendees expected to acquire new skills and confidence in hands-on teaching strategies which support the nationally adopted curriculum standards. 
Don’t miss your chance. Register today!
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