Red Trunk Project®

WHAT'S IN A TRUNK?

large red trunk

 

book iconPRINTED MATERIAL

The translated and transcribed interviews with students are used to create books that describe the students’ day-to-day lives in their own words. The books will be filled out with maps, sidebars, loads of pictures taken by the team, the pictures taken by the children, as well as stock photos of events that couldn’t be photographed during the trip; seasonal festivals, cultural events, coming of age parties, etc. Hardcopy editions of the paperbacks are printed, and multiple copies are included in each trunk, translated into the language of the trunk’s destination. Digital ebook versions are available via the Red Trunk Project website and the Red Trunk Project app.

microphone iconAUDIO MATERIAL

The books are recorded by a handful of narrators in the language where the trunk will be sent, with the original children heard speaking in the background, and underscored with indigenous music and ambient soundscapes. The audiobooks are available on downloadable MP3s and on loaded MP3 players in the trunk.

video iconVIDEO MATERIAL

Videographer shooting Red Trunk Project videoSome schools that explore Red Trunks will not have access to computers and/or the Internet. In those cases, Red Trunk Project will provide pre-loaded laptops for the students to use. (If Red Trunk partners with generous tech company, the schools will be able to keep the laptops.)

Introductory Video
An engaging 5-minute ‘teaser’ video will serve as the introduction of the location and the children featured inside the trunk. This video will be played just prior to the trunk being opened for the first time, to get everyone excited about the trunk contents. It will be available both at the Red Trunk Project website and Red Trunk Project app, and on both flash drive and DVD inside the trunk.

Mini-docs & Video Tutorials

Also available at the Red Trunk Project website and Red Trunk Project app, and on flash drive and DVD inside the trunk.

 

Classroom exploration activities might include:

  • Pretend to gather wood for a fire to cook dinner
  • Carry the weight equivalent to enough water for a family, understanding that children often have to carry the water great distances, multiple times during the day
  • Tending and caring for farm animals
  • Farming a field for food
  • Washing clothes by hand

 

Virtual reality goggles iconVirtual Reality Shorts

Each Red Trunk will include a handful virtual reality headsets, for viewing three to five minute long short films. Each film will put students ‘on the ground’ in the trunk’s original location. When the viewer turns his/her head, the picture turns with them, giving them a 360-degree view. The films’ subjects will include:

  • The viewer walks through a jungle, forest, market, or central square.
  • The viewer is in a kitchen, watching a mother cook. The mother turns turns to us, the viewer, and asks us to go to the store to get a recipe item. We run to the corner store. We walk down the store aisle, searching through the unusual items. We find the recipe item, pay for it, then run out the door.
  • The viewer watches a girl finish dressing for a festival. We follow the girls as she walks with her family through the town. She stands in the festival crowd, surrounded by others in indigenous costumes, watching musicians play.
  • The viewer stands in the dining area of a house, playing a game. Spot the five different utensils used for eating.

 

Kids in a trunk holding small picturesMATERIAL CULTURE

Arts and Crafts Examples of folk arts and crafts, which include small pieces of pottery, jewelry, religious iconography, small sculptures or paintings. Larger pieces are represented by photographs on laminated paper.

Toys and Games Dolls, toys, unique playground games, board games, and sporting equipment.

Music A small instrument or two. Sheet music and instructional videos will help students play some songs.

School books An age-appropriate textbook; a partially completed school workbook.

Cooking ingredients Herbs and spices unique to the area, so the children can smell something they’ve likely never smelled before. Simple recipes on laminated cards provide a possible classroom activity. Laminated recipes will be available to be taken home. Instructional videos will be available online for families to follow at home.

Food Typical grocery items: different sorts of grain, beans, breakfast cereals, candy bars. Emphasis on unusual versions of the usual.

Currency One of each denomination of coin and paper money. The coins come in a small pouch, the bills mounted in a clear sheet of laminate.

Flags The national flag, for the class to keep and display. As the years go by, participating classrooms will have bright and varied collections of flags from around the world.

Signage Street or traffic sign, license plate and/or advertising sign.

Clothes An item or two of traditional children’s clothing, male and female, and possibly a cap or shirt from a sporting team.

 

ARTIFACT PROTECTION

Some of the artifacts in the trunk, along with any paper or photographs, are coated to protect them from the wear and tear of repeated handling. However, the need to protect the items is carefully weighed against the necessary tactile and sensory experience for the trunk explorers. Feeling and smelling the physical objects is a vital part of the learning experience.

 

 

Field book iconFIELD BOOK

Each Red Trunk will come with a field notebook for every student. The notebooks will have blank, gridded pages for students to write down impressions, take notes, and sketch objects. Teachers can use the notebooks to help Students keep track of assignments. At the end of the Red Trunk Project experience, the notebooks will be wonderful mementos for the students.

Quote from Maya Angelou

WHAT'S IN A TRUNK?

large red trunk

The translated and transcribed interviews with students are used to create books that describe the students’ day-to-day lives in their own words. The books will be filled out with maps, sidebars, loads of pictures taken by the team, the pictures taken by the children, as well as stock photos of events that couldn’t be photographed during the trip; seasonal festivals, cultural events, coming of age parties, etc. Hardcopy editions of the paperbacks are printed, and multiple copies are included in each trunk, translated into the language of the trunk’s destination. Digital ebook versions are available via the Red Trunk Project website and the Red Trunk Project app.

Videographer shooting Red Trunk Project video

Also available at the Red Trunk Project website and Red Trunk Project app, and on flash drive and DVD inside the trunk.

Kids in a trunk holding small pictures

Arts and Crafts Examples of folk arts and crafts, which include small pieces of pottery, jewelry, religious iconography, small sculptures or paintings. Larger pieces are represented by photographs on laminated paper.

Toys and Games Dolls, toys, unique playground games, board games, and sporting equipment.

Music A small instrument or two. Sheet music and instructional videos will help students play some songs.

School books An age-appropriate textbook; a partially completed school workbook.

Cooking ingredients Herbs and spices unique to the area, so the children can smell something they’ve likely never smelled before. Simple recipes on laminated cards provide a possible classroom activity. Laminated recipes will be available to be taken home. Instructional videos will be available online for families to follow at home.

Food Typical grocery items: different sorts of grain, beans, breakfast cereals, candy bars. Emphasis on unusual versions of the usual.

Currency One of each denomination of coin and paper money. The coins come in a small pouch, the bills mounted in a clear sheet of laminate.

Flags The national flag, for the class to keep and display. As the years go by, participating classrooms will have bright and varied collections of flags from around the world.

Signage Street or traffic sign, license plate and/or advertising sign.

Clothes An item or two of traditional children’s clothing, male and female, and possibly a cap or shirt from a sporting team.

Quote from Maya Angelou

Red Trunk Project®

large red trunk

book icon

microphone icon

video icon

Videographer shooting Red Trunk Project video

Virtual reality goggles icon

Kids in a trunk holding small pictures

Field book icon

Quote from Maya Angelou
large red trunk

book icon

microphone icon

video icon

Videographer shooting Red Trunk Project video

Virtual reality goggles icon

Kids in a trunk holding small pictures

Field book icon

Quote from Maya Angelou

Red Trunk Project®

large red trunk

book icon

microphone icon

video icon

Videographer shooting Red Trunk Project video

Virtual reality goggles icon

Field book icon

Quote from Maya Angelou

Red Trunk Project®

large red trunk

book icon

microphone icon

video icon

Videographer shooting Red Trunk Project video

Virtual reality goggles icon

Kids in a trunk holding small pictures

Field book icon

Quote from Maya Angelou

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project®

large red trunk

book icon

microphone icon

Videographer shooting Red Trunk Project video

Virtual reality goggles icon

Kids in a trunk holding small pictures

Field book icon

Quote from Maya Angelou