zackboston

Member Since: April 7, 2012

Country: United States

  • Here at the Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn Program in Boston's South End Technology Center @ Tent City, we are creating an eQuilt that tells the history of Nelson Mandela's first visit to the US in 1990 after being released from prison. He came to Boston because Mel King, our director, was instrumental in crafting divestiture legislation in the Massachusetts House and being involved in college & university divestiture movements. When Nelson Mandela came to Boston, youth of color in Roxbury organized a special event for youth at the Madison Park High School.

    We are working with L'Merchie Frazier, who is a fiber artist and the Education Director of the Museum of African American History. The Quilt will feature four different recordings of music, spoken word and actual recordings of Mel King and Nelson Mandela as different parts of the quilt light up. We are using hacked computer speakers! The eQuilt will be finished and travel to the World Maker Faire this month, we hope!

    Here is a little montage of our process: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-UMdcVPeHUJUGRxQ1l5UzJZSFU/edit?usp=sharing

    We'd love a LilypadMP3 for our Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn program, so youth teachers can think up other great projects. Thanks for considering us, Sparkfun!