The lessons in Detroit Techno 101 teach students about the history of Techno while developing a variety of skills from filmmaking like collaboration, organization, and storytelling. Documentary films are made by creating an exploration of history via primary source documents.  We are teaching students how smartphones and inexpensive video tools can be used to document the stories of people who have personally witnessed past events of musical significance. We are using project-based learning to challenge students to make their own films, to document the stories of their friends and elders, in order to enable them to tell their own stories on video. We are joining forces with the God Said Give Em Drum Machines team and Marksmen/SCHMTCS Productions to promote and implement innovative programs that help students practice project-based education and learn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) concepts with an emphasis on integrating Arts & Engineering into the learning process. Our programs offer students cutting-edge 21st-century skills that extend learning into areas of video editing, music programming, 3D modeling, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS).

Most projects have been designed to be completed by students with inexpensive mobile tools. We have developed a variety of types of curriculums and our team is currently piloting custom-curated programs like the Detroit Sound Project that focus on the interests and needs of urban youth in underserved cities like Detroit. This project is challenging students to create and geolocate video, and primary sources to create virtual museums on music history using short films like the film Electric Roots and the TechnoMecca Short Film Series as models and members of each production team as mentors. We hope to expose youth to computer programming, and transmedia techniques used in video and music production, and through our partnerships, we hope to extend the curricular offerings of the Music Origins Project into new areas of media production. 

Raised in underserved cities themselves, the developers of these programs have a passion and in-depth understanding of ways to make learning STEAM skills fun and compelling for urban youth. David Grandison Jr, is originally from Detroit, and he went on to attend Columbia University, Teachers College and Mark is from Harlem, and he went on to attain a degree from Princeton University. These ivy league educated multimedia producers hope to provide mentoring and educational experiences that challenge urban students not only to pursue higher education, and careers in the tech industry, but to become “lifelong learners”. Mark and his team currently have a variety of unique multimedia production courses, like “Mechanics of the Music Mash-up”, available via iTunes U. Our goal is to use film and music, the “A” in STEAM education, to provide educators with powerful and compelling project-based tools that empower, digitally savvy, urban youth to tell their own stories. Learn explore Detroit Techno 101 or view the Detroit Techno Timeline to learn more about the history of Detroit Techno.