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 San Jose is closed today through Thursday, October 1st for RAFT's Annual Fundraising Dinner. RAFT Redwood City will be open normal hours.
Don't be scared, be prepared!
In honor of Earthquake Safety Month, earthquake kits are back and are only $40. Only one per member while supplies last. Kit includes: Tube tent, Emergency Candles, 4 Ponchos with hoods, 4 Emergency Blankets, Nylon cord, Solar powered flashlight/radio, Mini first aid kit, Duct tape, 4 packs of tissues, 4 light sticks, 1 Swiss Army knife, 4 masks, 1 whistle, Water purification tablets, 1 pair of gloves, Waterproof matches, Gas valve wrench,
Earthquake Safety Activity Kits
Brace Yourself, Design A House, Motorized Shake Table and Shake Table are all great kits to use while teaching about earthquakes. Free this Week!
Red and black storage containers are free this week at both RAFT San Jose and Redwood City! BTSA Program Offer
Great California Shake Out!
Date: October 3
Location: RAFT San Jose
In preparation, RAFT San Jose will hold our Great California Shake Out on October 3rd! We’ll be featuring three activity kits that will help get your family and students in the spirit of earthquake safety: Brace Yourself, Design a House, and Motorized Shake Table. Cintas Corporation will be on-site to feature information from their First Aid & Safety Division. And earthquake kits will be on sale to help you prepare!
Participating is a great way for your students or family to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes- wherever you live, work, or travel. So come over to RAFT San Jose and have a shakin’ good time!
What’s in a Code.org 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 email@example.com.
Khan Academy STEM Challenge
Deadline: October 7
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge invites you to share your passion for math and science with the world! Submit a 10-minute video that illustrates a challenging concept or theory of mathematics, life sciences, or physics in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.
You can explain an age-old theory or concept or a more recent breakthrough discovery, including one made by a Breakthrough Laureate or perhaps even by you! The winner will receive a $250,000 post-secondary scholarship!
Build a simple structure on the shake table, start the motor, and watch the action! Will your building design survive the “earthquake”?
View activity here.
Grades Covered: 2 through 12
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Earth/Space Science
Physical Science, Earth/Space Science
Curriculum topics: Earthquakes, plate tectonics, richter scale, structures, vibration, circuits
Saturday, October 3rd – Photo Collage: Join Earl Heinrichs in exploring creative, humorous art projects by adding a twist to ordinary photos. Anyone can be successful from kindergarten to college. The humor can be very subtle or blatant. Much of the art is dependent on what images are found in magazine searches. We will be using mainly photos from my collection to save time.
Saturday, October 10th – 5E Lesson Planning for All Subjects: The 5E format is regaining its force and easily supports Common Core and even the new science standards (NGSS). Engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate are the core actions that bring all students into and through your lessons and units. Plus, using 5E can save you lots of planning time.
Register for workshops at http://www.raftbayarea.org/workshops.