Become a Member
RAFT helps educators transform the learning experience through hands-on education.
As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help underwrite RAFT services and keep costs down.
RAFT Simon Center
RAFT leverages community donations and bulk purchasing to offer a wide range of low-cost materials, hands-on teaching tools, and school supplies.
In addition to basics teaching supplies such as markers and paper, we offer many creative reuse materials in bulk or by the bag. See below or visit our Shop page for examples of the affordable items we currently have in stock.
Our store is also equipped with the Resource Center, a creative workspace providing RAFT members with equipment, ideas, and expert assistance.
These affordable, ready-to-use project kits take the prep work out of teaching hands-on activities. RAFT’s STEAM Project Kits come with required materials and step-by-step instructions to bring engaging math, science, and art experiences to your students. Many of our kits are designed to help you reach student audiences of all sizes. Check kit availability at the Simon Center or our online store. Non-members can purchase kits online, but members receive a 25% online discount and even higher discounts at the Simon Center.
Available to both members and non-members, RAFT’s free educator resources are designed to support a wide variety of subject areas, academic standards, and levels of learning.
RAFT’s Classroom Idea Sheets are easy-to-use hands-on experience guides. Download for free and use commonly found materials to create engaging learning experiences.
RAFT’s Classroom Lessons use specialized materials and design challenge lesson plans to instruct hands-on learning activities in the classroom. These lessons address Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math subjects and align to national Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
New to hands-on teaching? Looking for ways to save time? RAFT’s Hands-on Teacher Tip Sheets are filled with practical advice that will make your job easier.
Annual Membership Options
We serve all educators.
Anyone who is an educator can join RAFT. Our members work with people of all ages to inspire hands-on learning. To receive a membership card, just complete an application, show proof of affiliation as a volunteer or employee with an organization involved with education, and submit your fee.
- Discounts on STEAM Project Kits online (25%) and in-store (>50%!)
- Access to discount materials in our San Jose store
- Access to our Resource Center
- Workshops that earn continuing education units (CEUs)
New Memberships& Renewals
- For new members and renewals, enjoy access to all member benefits year round!
Group Memberships(Groups of 10 or More)
- Give your entire team access to RAFT all year long at a discounted rate of $20 per member!
Day PassesSee if RAFT is for you!
- Not sure yet? Join a class or use RAFT facilities for the day and experience everything we offer.
Apply by Mail
Print and fill out the application, then submit by one of the following means:
- Mail to: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131
- Email to: email@example.com
- Submit on your first visit
Proof of affiliation with a qualifying organization is required to receive a RAFT membership. If eligible, you will receive your RAFT card on your first visit.
Renew your RAFT Membership
RAFT helps educators inspire joy through hands-on learning. As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help underwrite RAFT services and keep costs down. We thank our nearly 8,000 RAFT members who bring engaging and affordable education experiences to more than 150,000 kids a year!
You will be asked to submit your membership payment after you update your personal information. If you are a new member use our join form.
How do I join RAFT?
Who can join RAFT?
What is a proof of affiliation?
Can I use some else's card from my organization to shop at RAFT?
Does my organization qualify?
Can I join if I am not a teacher?
Can I bring my child?
Yes, children of all ages are welcome at RAFT. However, due to safety reasons, no children under 12, including babies, are allowed in the Resource Center.
What are the hours and location?
Hours and Directions for RAFT’s Store & Resource Center.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Can I visit RAFT for FREE?
I’m interested in a membership for my entire school or organization, is there a discount?
We are happy to work with groups for RAFT memberships. If you would like memberships for a large group or an entire organization please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your group and we will contact you to discuss options.