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Kids + Science + Rap = Awesomeness #ScienceGenius

June 29, 2013

You may have seen me post this on Twitter or Facebook. One of my Twitter followers shared this gem with me. I’m a science nerd, my better half is a science nerd, and my closest friends are science nerds. So naturally, I think science is cool! But to see science come to life through my favorite form of music – hip hop – I get even more geeked!!

The Science Genius BATTLES is a program started by Dr. Christopher Emdin from Teachers College Columbia University and legendary GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. This program uses hip hop culture to teach science education in secondary schools. These kids not only learn science (yes! they LEARN the concepts) through creating there own creative rhymes over a hip beat, but they BATTLE EACH OTHER – in the true spirit of hip hop!!!

And my dad says rap musics rots your brain – au contraire mon frere!!

I think this is an awesome way to get kids interested in science, especially kid from backgrounds that may not otherwise feel any connection to science (let’s face it, science can be hard and boring if not taught in a way that grabs kids’ attention). Having done a ton of work in outreach to kids of minority or low socioeconomic communities, some kids just need the exposure to science in a way that feels tangible to them, and not something that is for old white men with thick-ass glasses on.

Currently, the Science Genius BATTLE competition happens in New York City but I would LOVE to see this happen nation wide. Shoot, Science Genius BATTLEs will be a part of the curriculum of my charter school – any volunteers to help teach this class? 🙂

What are your thoughts about mixing science and rapping? Do you think tying hip hop into subjects like science would have helped you as a kid? Do you have a hot 4 bars to spit about science?

Working on my neuroscience flow,
~MC Gem

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5 Comments

  • Reply Wu Young, Agent of M.E. June 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    If it helps kids learn I say go for it. As for helping me as a kid I don’t know. The math is what gave me the business. Who knows?

    All of my bars are about farm equipment, gunplay, comics, and booty. #IyamwhatIyam

    • Reply gemmieboo July 1, 2013 at 2:45 am

      lol i for one would love to hear you spit bars about all that!!

  • Reply madscientist7 July 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

    i’m all for it!!

  • Reply dtafakari July 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

    My husband is in school for his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry. I’m an English major, but I rocks with the (black) science nerds! Love this.

    • Reply gemmieboo July 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      your husband gets MUCH props! i loved chemistry but inorganic was not my thing! best wishes to him on his PhD journey 🙂

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