> http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/07/rap-science-gen > ius-gza/ > > "Senior Jabari Johnson recently won the Science > Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. -- Bringing Attention to > Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in > Science -- competition. Jabari and 300 other New York > students spent a semester writing raps about > different scientific concepts as part of the > after-school program Science Genius." > > Education run amok. > > Bob Hansen
Are you upset that this is an after-school program? I know nothing about it, but I do know that students use a variety of strategies to memorize content.
I read the article. I loved the last sentence below:
"... Using hip-hop to help kids understand science may not seem obvious; it seems more applicable to Dangerous Minds-style English lessons. But, as Otero notes, ?hip-hop absolutely lends itself to science flows? and, in addition to providing handy mnemonic devices for remembering science concepts, the challenge of rapping out a scientific principle or topic meant students had to research more to find just the right word for their flows.
?The whole rock part of Earth science is boring to me,? a 17-year-old from Validus told WNYC, adding ?I started looking up all these rocks and seeing that there were volcanic rocks and it just started making me want to learn about rocks. Like, for no reason.?
As part of his winnings Johnson will get a full day in the recording studio with GZA, something that will come in handy since he plans on pursuing music after high school..."