Mar Vista High School’s Guitar Class of 2012-2013.

Even a modest grant can nourish an idea that grows beyond what was ever originally anticipated.

In 2012, Peter Honan was awarded $1,000 from The San Diego Foundation to fund a project for the upcoming school year.

With the award, Honan developed supplemental guitar lessons for four core subjects: math, science, English and history. For example, students studied the mathematical formulas of musical scales, practiced creative writing by composing song lyrics, and learned about electronics and electromagnetism while being taught to play the electric guitar.

Guitar Core Education

The “Guitar Core” curriculum, an offshoot of the term “Common Core,” the new national educational initiative, was a success with students, and Honan has used the lessons every year since.

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“This was the first time most of the students learned anything about electricity or electronics,” Honan said. “Except for a small section in the fourth grade, the California Science Standards contain exactly nothing about electricity or electronics. The Border Education Project is working to fill that void in California education.”

Honan’s guitar lessons, which can be used by educators everywhere, are available for free online and have been downloaded hundreds of times.

Expanding the Reach

Building on the success of Guitar Core, Honan and his fellow teachers, Alex Ramirez and Gene Chavira, recently secured 501(c)(3) status for The Border Education Project. The new organization brings a 21st century education to students on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Music EducationTeacher Peter Honan teaching a student in his “Guitar Core” class.

The organization teaches students about what’s underneath the surface of our technology.

By learning about the inner-workings of a computer and other machines we use every day, The Border Education Project is empowering young people to gain a deeper understanding of technology and pursue future opportunities in related career fields.

Learn More

Read more about The Border Education Project here. Or consider funding the future of education with a contribution to The San Diego Foundation.

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