Media

Mission

Back to News
Nov. 22, 2011

Surprise!!! Black Eyed Peas Experience!!!

BEP

The three Peas' surprise visit was the result of a collaboration between Manual Arts High School, LA's Promise and FIRST– an organization devoted to inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders.

Members of American pop sensation Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Taboo, and apl.de.ap surprised 35 students at Manual Arts High School, on Monday, November 21st as they were listening to Ubisoft lead designer, Kelichi Yano, take them through the makings of their newest video game, The Black Eyed Peas Experience.

The three Peas' surprise visit was the result of a collaboration between Manual Arts High School, LA's Promise and FIRST– an organization devoted to inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders. The Peas spent time with the Robo- Skunks – members of the school's robotics team and spent time demoing the video game.

Led by Manual Arts teacher, Mr. Jose Santos, the Robo–Skunk team is composed of Manual Arts High School students that are members of the Imaging, Sciences, and Technology Academy (ISTA) and the Math Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Program. The team is in their seventh season in the Los Angeles Regional competition.

Over 40 Robo–Skunk alumni are in college and are college graduates with 21 majoring in STEM related fields. Engineering alumni are presently at UC Berkeley, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, UC Merced, Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State L.A.

Manual Arts was chosen as one of three schools in the country to demo, The Black Eyed Peas Experience, the new video game by Ubisoft for Xbox and Wii.

The Peas are natives of Los Angeles. Prominent members of the group, Will.i.am and Taboo, were born and raised in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles. They remain committed to enhancing the lives of youth in Los Angeles.

Fergie pointed out the fact that it was "good to be home."