(KlabLab.com)It's no secret that math, science and history are three of the least popular subjects for kids in school. And when students and teachers don't have the passion, enthusiasm or budget to support a well-rounded education, everyone suffers.
Those very challenges are what inspired Joe O'Loughlin and Dave Haberman to create KlabLab, a free program designed to create collaborative in-classroom lessons that use contemporary music videos to help students excel at a wide variety of subjects they might otherwise not be excited about.
"Our mission is to bring creativity back into education in the classroom," O'Loughlin told Yahoo News. "We want to work directly with teachers and students in the education process."
In this first video, watch how KlabLab worked with California students to create an entertaining and modern music video about cellular structure:
Being both musicians and educators themselves, the pair have embarked on a Sound of Knowledge Tour of California schools. They even have their own tour bus, which they are using to engage students and teachers directly.
"I managed to get my own tour bus, which is definitely a bucket-list item for me," Haberman joked in an interview with Yahoo News. "We decked it out, created a mobile recording studio. It's a symbol of the revolution, our flagship."
When KlabLab meets up with students and educators, the program works with them on creating their own music performances that use beats lyrics and melodies reflective of contemporary music the students are downloading from the Internet and listening to on their headphones. Depending on how engaged the students and teachers are able to get in the process, the end result can range from a MP3 of the performance to a full-fledged music video.
"Because it is so ingrained in the students' culture, we felt that music would be our tool to connect with the students," O'Loughlin said. "We think it's one of the more important ways, a powerful connection tool."
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