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What happens when 25 middle school girls get together?

They tell stories

Good things happen when we come together to create something new. Connections are formed. Discoveries are made. Fresh ideas emerge. And obstacles are overcome. That's why we believe that creative collaboration is the best way to make the world a better place — and to forge lasting friendships.

So, in partnership with the City of Boston, Boston After School & Beyond, Sociedad Latina, and Boston University, we'll be teaching 25 of Boston's middle school girls about the value of collaboration. From a Red Hat mobile CO.LAB trailer stationed at Boston's City Hall Plaza, we'll teach them how to build and code a digital camera from a Raspberry Pi computer kit. Then, they'll take their cameras out to capture what collaboration means to them.

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Learn

April 19

Learn

On their first day, students are tutored on basic documentary photography and storytelling techniques, as well as introduced to the themes of interconnectedness and community. After that, they’re taught to build, program and operate their Raspberry Pi digital camera kits.

Create

April 20

Create

Day two will bring our students a more specific educational focus on artistic flair and Raspberry Pi photography guidelines. Then they’ll depart on their journey through Boston neighborhoods – finding inspiration, shooting photos, and forming stories.

Share

April 21

Share

On their last day, all 25 girls will return to City Hall Plaza, where they’ll cull and curate the photos they took on day two. This is where our student teams will work together to create installations that tell the story of their overall experience. They’ll then share, critique, and refine — in preparation to bring their project to the public.

What did we learn?

The future is collaborative

After getting to know one another, building and coding our own digital cameras, learning a few photography basics, and being introduced to Emily Dickinson and her poem, "Hope is the thing with feathers", we explored Boston in search of images that we could use to make her poem our own.

It took patience and openness to find what we needed, but once we did we were able to break the poem down into pieces and choose our favorite pictures for each passage. No one knew for sure what the final piece was going to look like until all of our choices were made and stitched together into our final exhibit.

We hope the people in Boston who get to see it will enjoy it. We had fun making it.

CO.LAB:

Red Hat and open source in action

The goal of CO.LAB is to introduce 25 of Boston’s middle school girls to the principles of open source — and to a world of technology and collaboration that they may not have otherwise considered. Collaboration is a powerful driver of innovation and discovery, and open source methodology is a key part of STEAM education. So we’re hoping to empower young girls with collaborative skills that will help them succeed in their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math careers.

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