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A Hip-Hop Science Experiment

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Christopher Emdin is a NYC teacher doing some really cool work with students – using free-style rap as a vehicle to engage students in the sciences and build self-esteem.

One of Emdin’s collaborators in the pilot project is GZA of Wu-Tang clan (yep, THAT clan), who has been working on his own album about the cosmos. Behold – finally a Wu-Tang rap video that’s safe for your children – GZA raps about the Big Bang...

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  • Liz Dwyer

    Love what Dr. Emdin is doing with hip hop ed--and I double love that GZA is working on this. I also wrote about this as an example of some of the innovative ways to engage students of color in STEM: http://www.good.is/posts/the-next-frontier-of-stem-education-ensuring-access-for-minority-students --I love how Emdin says that "If we really want to change STEM education, and we talk about as a nation that we don't have enough people to fill those kind of STEM jobs that we have, then what we have to do is focus on the folks who've been pushed out, because they're the numbers that we need to push back in."

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Incredible video. Beautiful spoken word. I'd love to see if his students have written similar raps!

    • Wonderist

      The students in Emdin's class definitely rap - in fact, some of his classes start with the students gathered round in a circle, and each one has to freestyle about whatever concept they're discussing in class that day. He admits some are quite shy about it but that many of the students surprise him with the rhymes they can sling about science. He first thought of the idea as a way to grow minority interest in science careers but it's become so much more - a vehicle for teaching students how to speak freely in front of peers and to express themselves with wit and articulation. I AM OBSESSED.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Beautiful spoken word. I'd love to know if he's inspired his students to make raps as well. His inspiring words at the end of this are so heartfelt. Wow. He's going above and beyond.