The first floor's interactive media and instructive displays introduce tools used by ordinary people to re-shape neighborhoods, states, the nation and world by organizing and inspiring unity.
On your first visit you will receive a “key”—a transparent token embedded with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. This technology will allow you to upload information about your visit to a remote database through a network of radio frequency receivers embedded in The Lab's exhibits. At home, access The Lab's web site and your personalized profile with details about your visit and links to other resources. Use this key each time you visit The Lab.
Share your personal stories and reflections on your experience at the Lab in the Oral History Alcove. The Alcove records brief commentary from daily visitors and accommodates oral interviews, for media productions, programmatic purposes and scholarly research.
These Learning Experiences are organized according to the same model—learn from one set and apply that experience to the remaining activities. Learn more about the Lab's first fully-developed Tool for Change, Express Yourself.
Come along on a virtual tour of the UNITY Lab's first completed learning experience, Express Yourself, which empowers participants to articulate their perspectives through creative expression Click on the image to the right to view preliminary evaluations of Express Yourself, which will be integrated into the Digital Arts Studio at George Washington Carver School of Arts & Science. This partnership will enable students and teachers to develop integrated curriculum with all of the UNITY Lab’s learning experiences and allow us to continue to fabricate components while the Lab is under
Find out about the impact and effectiveness of non-violent protest through audio-based histories, quotes and messages, and get to know individuals and organizations that have used protest as a starting point for changing the status quo. March along a set of footprints that activate videos of historic footage of significant protests in California history. Learn about extraOrdinary People like Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American from Oakland who protested the internment camp policy enacted during World War II and Erica Fernandez, a teenager that successfully blocked the construction of a gas pipeline in low-income neighborhoods.
Kiki Vo is an extraORDINARY Sacramento student, who, through her perserverence, strong character, and ability to Forgive, has been able to celebrate life, finding happiness and success. Ten years ago, Kiki and her sisters were badly burned in a house fire in their native Vietnam that took the life of their mother. Raised by her father after securing treatment in the United States, Kiki and her sisters edured taunts and bullying and were separated when their father died of lung cancer a few years later. They have since been reunited.
However, Kiki does not focus on the pain from her loss. In her own words: "There is of course a part of me that is still hurting, but not from the fire. I'm hurt at the fact that I didn't forgive myself and others earlier...But now I have learned to forgive completely. I'm ready to move on to my next journey in life." You can read more about Kiki and other extraOrdinary Youth at the ULAB for Teens! website.
Realize the value of coming together with others who share ideas and concerns. Gather together people to activate a multimedia wall in a real life experience of the power of organizing. View profiles of extraORDINARY People like Brian Cox, whose ability to ORGANIZE transformed a park in Los Angeles from a breeding ground of crime to a cultural and community hub. Learn more about the first floor Tools for Change, or download plans for The UNITY Lab.