SAN RAMON -- The KlabLab mobile recording studio rolled into Dougherty Valley High School earlier this week to award the school $10,000 for a recording studio.
Four students in Karie Chamberlain's 11th grade U.S. history class wrote and performed the winning song in the KlabLab 2012 Sound of Knowledge Tour contest, which won their school the money to purchase a multimedia studio to be used for content production at the school. The four students, Chamberlain and two other participating teachers were each awarded an iPad.
Omar Akbar, 16, Rylan Alfonso, 16, Jeff Babu, 16, and Jonathan Lim, 17, wrote and performed "Fighting for our Rights," an edgy hip-hop song about Mexican workers fighting for equality in the United States. The song got the most votes on the KlabLab website, earning the boys the contest's grand prize.
"They stayed after school till about 5:30 to record the song with us," said Doug Allen, one of KlabLab's founders. "They were so pumped to perform it. They gave a really enthusiastic performance, and you can hear they were having a good time doing it."
Pleasanton-based KlabLab was founded earlier this year by Allen, Dave Haberman and Joe O'Loughlin. They are Tri-Valley musicians and educators with a vision to use modern music as a way to get students to interact with their coursework.
With help from unnamed "angel investors," Haberman and Allen toured California for seven weeks this spring in a bus equipped with
"We really believe in the power of collaboration when it comes to music, technology and education, and our mission for the Sound of Knowledge Tour was to engage these kids while having fun learning," Haberman said in a news release. "It was a great experience traveling to each school and meeting students across California and working with them to create music about subjects like history, math and science."
"I personally loved seeing students who usually never get involved, or appear to enjoy history, come alive," Chamberlain said. "The four boys who won are great examples of that. I never knew they had a passion for music."
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