Teaching Science Through the Use of Rap Battles

I come from a long, long line of teachers, all of whom really cared deeply about their students. Still, none of them ever cared this much. From CTV News Channel:

An innovative fusion of hip hop and science could see the Dr. Dres and Large Professors of tomorrow back up their musical aliases with a working knowledge of subjects like kinetic energy and thermodynamics.

The Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. (Bringing Attention to Transforming, Teaching and Learning Science) Program is the brainchild of Columbia University professor Christopher Emdin and rapper the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

The program encourages students to create rap lyrics based on scientific concepts. Top students at participating schools battle against each other to see who has the slickest rhymes packed with science knowledge.

Better this than the “Lick me where I fart” teacher, huh? Read more and watch some video from the project here. (Thanks to Tom for the link.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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