Science rap battle

Science rap battle

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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.

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