April 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.


Nature Products - 50% Off

Now through Saturday, April 25

In honor of Earth Day, all nature posters, magnets, postcards, calendars, and stationery is half off. Large assortment of national park and animal prints, stock up!

Silkworms are Back

Thursdays, 5:00-7:00pm, Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm, RAFT San Jose Only

Free silkworms thanks to Kathy White, long time RAFT member and entomologist (insect specialist). Please note that a key component to success with silkworms is that you MUST have access to mulberry trees since mulberry leaves are the only thing they eat. RAFT's mulberry trees are under severe distress due to the drought so we cannot provide any leaves this year.

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News and Events


Get Ready for Earth Day - Activities this Saturday!

Saturday, April 18, 9:00am-2:00pm

Join us in celebrating Earth Day and get ideas you can take and use with your students! Look forward to:
  • Demos of Earth-themed RAFT hands-on activities and creative ways to use re-purposed bulk materials
  • Earth Day activity instructions
  • Make and take activities

You're Invited: Building Dedication Event Honoring RAFT Founder, Mary Simon

Saturday, April 18, 10:00-11:00am, RAFT San Jose

Please join us as we dedicate the RAFT San Jose building to RAFT Founder and Former Executive Director, Mary Simon. We will celebrate Mary's 20 years of leadership while highlighting the impact of her vision on the local education community and the environment. Enjoy a fun ceremony, eat pie, and get great ideas for Earth-friendly activities you can do with your students for Earth Day. The event is free and no RSVP is required.  

Go Green: Free Recycling Containers for San Jose Schools

RAFT helps the City of San Jose by delivering the Go Green containers ordered through the city. It takes about 3 days to have your orders ready to be picked up at the RAFT San Jose store.

Containers are free to all schools in the San Jose area and can be obtained by following this link and ordering what you want. The containers are funded by the CA CRV.

Spring is in the Air - Barnes & Noble Spring Educator Appreciation Week is on! 

We thought RAFT educators would like to know that starting Saturday, April 11, through Sunday, April 19, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide are celebrating their Spring Educator Appreciation Week. Check your local store to learn about all the offers and events taking place!

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Hands-On Activities


The Germinator

Create a reusable germinator that gives students an unobstructed view of sprouting seeds. Graph data, test environmental variables, or simply "enjoy the magic" as the seeds transform into growing plants!

Grades Covered: K through 12

Subjects Covered: Life Science

Curriculum Topics: Botany, Plant Growth, Scientific Method


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

 Upcoming Workshops

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.

Have you ever wondered how to engage students in scientific and engineering practices using simple, everyday materials that might otherwise go to waste? NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, activities bring the principles of engineering alive to younger audiences. NASA’s BEST activities help teach students the engineering design process while supporting Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The activities can be used to supplement curricula during the school day or as activities for after school clubs and youth programs.

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 http://www.raftbayarea.org/contact-us.

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