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Science is a subject that can be boring at times to kids in school, but a pilot program in New York City has added rap to the mix and the results have been amazing.
In December 2012 a select group of NYC high schools took part in the program called Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the goal of encouraging science education through hip hop competition. The schools selected had not traditionally done well in science in the past.
"What we are doing now is just showing what we know already exist," said Chris Emdin, assistant professor of science education at the college. "Bringing hip-hop culture into the classroom and changing the game of education."
The 10 schools currently participating in the program are Bronx Compass, Ellis Preparatory Academy, The Marie Curie School, Park East High School, Hillside Arts, Brooklyn Community Arts and Media, August Martin High, Validus Prep, Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts and Arts and Media Prep.
"Everybody can relate to hip hop. Not a lot of people can relate to science. So when you put them together it just becomes something beautiful," said one student.
Wu Tang Clan emcee GZA is encouraged by the progress the students are making.
"These kids are taking science and they're writing creative raps and they incorporate. So, they're also teaching while learning," GZA explained.
Educators are hoping to expand the program to more schools in the future.