Here’s one way to make learning about science more exciting: add some hip-hop.
Last semester, about 300 students from nine New York public high schools participated in a pilot program called Science Genius, which uses hip-hop to teach science. The project was the result of a collaboration between Columbia professor Christopher Emdin and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.
“We all hated our science class before,” Victoria Richardson told the New York Times. “Now I can’t wait till Friday to go to science class.”
Last month, the top students from each of the schools involved in the program gathered at Teachers College for a science rap battle.
Jabari Johnson, a senior at Urban Assembly for the Performing Arts in Harlem, won first place with a rap about the formula for work (force x distance).
Johnson won a full day at the Museum of Natural History and a day in a recording studio with GZA.
“I’ve been rapping since I was 9,” Johnson said. “It came naturally. When you put science and rap together, you get something beautiful.”
Thanks to Wired for bringing this to our attention.