August 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?

RAFT Redwood City will be closed Saturday, September 5th, however, RAFT San Jose will be open. RAFT San Jose will then be closed Tuesday, September 8th, in observance of Labor Day.

FREE Binders and More!

Assorted binders are FREE at both RAFT San Jose and Redwood City. There's no quantity limit so come get yours while supplies last!  We just got a huge delivery of brand new, clean, assorted wood with smoothed edges of varying sizes. Priced $0.25 to $2.00. IMG_5447
Assorted fabrics and textiles are available at our RAFT San Jose store. Perfect for upholstering, arts projects, and sensory learning projects.

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News and Events

5th Annual Teen Volunteer Fair

Date: September 19, 2015

Time: 9am-12pm

This year, participating non-profits include the American Diabetes Association, Breakthrough Silicon Valley, Cityteam, Family Giving Tree, Goodwill of VS, Humane Society Silicon Valley, The Marine Mammal Center, The Tech Museum and many more! There is no cost to the students or non-profits, and a complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.To find out more, click here: Workshops

codeSeema Khan, RAFT Instructional Technology Educator and a official trainer is providing no cost, one-day workshops for elementary school teachers interested in teaching computer science.

What’s in a workshop?
In-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.
There is no charge for these workshops. You’ll also receive a printed curriculum guide and a Certificate of Completion.

Sign up now to start teaching life-changing skills! Please click the link provided with each session date to register.

September 26: Code Studio Workshop (at RAFT San Jose)

October 24: Code Studio Workshop (at RAFT San Jose)

For questions and comments, please contact Seema Khan at

The Walt Disney Family Museum Guided School Experiences

Location: San Francisco

Registration is now open for Guided School Experiences at The Walt Disney Family Museum! Including the NEW tour for students in grades pre-k through K, which is all about using color to tell stories. You can read about all of the School Experiences at  When you’re ready to register, go to 

About The Walt Disney Family Museum: The Walt Disney Family Museum presents an inspirational journey through the life of Walter Elias Disney, to inform present and future generations about the man and, through his story, to inspire them to heed their imagination and persevere in pursuing their goals.



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Hands-On Activities

Above & Below Zeroabovezero

Add positive and negative numbers on a vertical number line.

View activity here.

Grades Covered:  4 through 8
Subjects Covered: Math

Curriculum topics: Adding Positive and Negative Numbers

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

We have an exciting selection of new workshops being offered with a great group of returning instructors. Our workshops are 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.

Register for workshops at

RAFT’s 3-part Practices for 21st Century Learning series is designed to help you bridge content standards and their practices through the use of hands-on learning tools and techniques.

This professional development series is FREE thanks to sponsorship from RAFT’s generous donors for the following educators:

Middle School Science Teachers (San Jose Location)

Middle School Math Teachers (San Jose Location)

3rd – 5th Grade Math Teachers (San Jose Location)

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