This online experience was a great first step in what we hope will be a series of virtual learning collaborations.  Please let us know if you want to collaborate on the design of the next phase. 

The Sweet Sounds of Science 

(for teachers, students, poets, musicians, dancers, and scientists)


 One Voice 4 Change held their first synchronous virtual learning experience MArch 27, 2020.

This informal collaboration was be based upon a bird in India and was inspired by Birds Across Borders.


Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm


Participants were encouraged to attend  with their instrument, voice, pen, ideas, and curiosity. 

The goal was that together, we could learn about birds, create lyrics, write stories, and compose music. 

Rules of Engagement:

  1. Have Fun!

  2. Participant Name in ZOOM: Please use your first name so that we can get to know you. 

  3. Mute yourself when you're not the one speaking. (except open jam sessions)

  4. No hiding . . . Please keep your video in ZOOM on.

  5. Be Brave. If you're shy, chat your questions, suggestions, and comments. 

  6. 90 second challenge - Try to limit the time you are speaking. Every 90 seconds, engage the listener. (sing, play, chat, share screen, ask a question, etc)

  7. When you speak, start off by saying your first name.  "I'm Gregg from STEM . . .  tell me how fast the song should go."

  8. Any students joining MUST join with their parent or teacher.


The Helmeted Hornbill Is a Living Treasure—and That's a Problem | All About Birds All About Birds

From the Winter 2019 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now. This project was made possible with support from the Robert F. Schumann Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to improving the quality of life of both humans and animals by supporting environmental, educational, arts, and



The Lesson

(Hard Stop @ 45 minutes)


  • Intros: In the CHAT - Type your name and title (e.g. teacher, poet, parent, student, guitarists, retired mule trainer, etc.) [2min.]


  • As you listen to this, LINK, describe or imitate what you hear.  We can jump around an let people answer live in ZOOM. [5 min.]


  • Jam: Speak, sing, play. [2 min.]


  • Helmeted Hornbill Story: LINK [2 min.]


  • Maritza: Describe what Academia Ana Maria Sandoval did. [2 min.] show video (optional) 


  • **Breakout Rooms - prepare to present ideas for larger group. [6 min.]


  • Present Ideas [5-10 min.]


  • Large Group Chaos: Everyone Jamming Simultaneously (call and response, listening, rain) [3-6 min.]


  • Ashlynn Manning - Prairie Hills Meadowlark Song [5 min.]


  • **Breakout Rooms - What did you like? What were the challenges of this lesson? What could we do better? What could we do next time? [5 min.]


  • Present Ideas [5-10 min.]


** Please put all ideas in the chat for both breakout sessions.


Technology is not the only thing that connects us. It is passion, insight, cooperation, patience, dedication, learning, respect, kindness, and knowing that we are all connected through vulnerability.     - Felicity Muench (One Voice 4 Change)


 . . . the usage of technological advancements to bring everyone together, leading to one global nation which would be full of love, respect, peace, happiness and a vibrant environment.   - Abhimanyu Jakhar (Jaipur, India)

Try these extended activities:

Resources LINK

Dr. Campbell-Smith illustrated this after our March 2020 session. 












" These SE Asian hornbills have a uniquely thick front wall to their casque (the "horn" on their head), compared to other hornbills whose casques are mostly hollow. Unfortunately this solid area is valued as "red ivory" for carving and has resulted in mass killing/poaching for their unique casques. These critically endangered birds do not breed quickly, so they are facing extinction...for trinkets and carvings."

The meeting went well.  We strayed from the plan. However, the video below are a few animations that came from this adventure. 

David Williams created the following illustrations after our March 27, 2020 session. 

From one of the participants:

It was my first time on ZOOM, too.


Of course, I was a bit overwhelmed by the screen and knowing how to use it.


However, (and of course AFTER) I came up with all sorts of Educational ideas for saving the Helmeted Hornbill, but (as I can conceive it as a visual artist) they all require visual and technical, on site work in the affected areas.. Education of the public to recognize both visually and aurally, ad create the aspect of love and protection for this bird in both the proximate areas where it needs protection as well as worldwide, so that the poaching and carved pieces cannot be traded.  Much like the Black Rhino, or elephant tusks.....


Huge, informational murals on buildings - cities, towns, busses.  Bus stops sculpted to look like Hornbills, with wings outstretched to protect those underneath, while being protected (hopefully, through education and recognition of the creature) by those sheltered by it...... ok.  And amplify & project the Hornbill song, to indicate an oncoming bus, (rather like the bells in foreign subways or light rail in Denver).  That's just a few... I just really don't know how One Voice 4 Change can facilitate this or help make it possible.

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