March 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 12,000 educators each year who teach over 900,000 students.



March Madness

Through March 31, 2015

For the entire month of March we will be featuring all Klutz books* at 50% off! Klutz books can be used in the classroom to create personalized gifts for the upcoming holidays.

*Does not include Klutz Extras  

Stock up for Spring and Easter

Great craft supplies, paper goods, pictures, sticky back felt, and chenille stems in spring colors!

Reams of 8.5''x14'' Paper - $1.00 per Ream!

While supplies last

Stock up on legal size paper! Limit 10 reams per member.


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News and Events


shenaniganspromoShenanigans! $25 RAFT Membership Special

Valid through Saturday, March 21 at RAFT Bay Area locations
New and renewed RAFT memberships for just $25! Say the magic word "shenanigans" to get the special $25 rate. All memberships for this promotion must be processed at either RAFT San Jose or RAFT Redwood City. Sorry, no online processing allowed for this offer. Memberships cannot be extended beyond 18 months.

Feeling Lucky? Fun Games and Prizes

Saturday, March 21, RAFT Bay Area Locations Test your luck with some fun and free games this Saturday at RAFT San Jose and RAFT Redwood City as we celebrate with shenanigans.  

YSI and RAFT: Open Houses at RAFT San Jose

Join us for some fun science activities next week! RAFT staff will demonstrate hands-on activities and YSI will host a table sharing animals, insects, and more.
RAFT San Jose
Thursday, March 19, 3:30-6:30pm
Saturday, March 21, 9:00am-1:00pm

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Hands-On Activities


Solar Jitterbug

Create and decorate a "critter" whose moves are powered by sunlight. To vary the critter's movements explore making changes to the swinging "proboscis".

Grades Covered: 4 through 12
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Earth/Space Science
Curriculum topics: Solar Energy, Energy Conversion, Vibration, Electrical Circuits

You can shop online for RAFT Activity Kits. We have a variety of hands-on science, math, and art kits for your educational program.

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Professional Development

 Registration for STEM Summer Institutes Now Open

The 2015 RAFT Summer Institutes are all about STEM and will inspire you to use a variety of hands-on teaching methods through practical exercises using commonly found materials.

Institutes at our San Jose location will be June 23rd – June 26th and July 8th – July 11 at our Redwood City location.

Summer Institute details and registration available online. 


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. 

If you have any questions about our workshop program or any other services please contact us at

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