will.i.am acts like a sponge to promote STEM education

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A recurring theme during will.i.am’s appearance at the 2013 Esri User Conference on Monday in San Diego was that the music star tries to take the form of a sponge when it comes to sharing his worldly knowledge and experiences with children from the neighborhood where he grew up.

“I just try to sponge up my environment and then wring it out in Boyle Heights.”

For those who don’t know, Boyle Heights is a rather rough neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles. will.i.am spent his school days being bused to the much more affluent neighborhood of Palisades, but when the time came to direct the fortune he attained as one of the founding members of The Black Eyed Peas, he targeted Boyle Heights.

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