08/02/2013

Teaching Newton’s Laws Through Rhyme

17:36 minutes

Science education professor Christopher Emdin knows how to get his students interested in science: Rap about it. Together with the hip-hop artist GZA and rap lyrics site RapGenius.com, Emdin founded the Science Genius competition, for which New York City high school students write rhymes based on their biology and physics classwork.

Listen to Science Genius winner Jalib Johnson’s “Quest for Joulery” rap:

Hear Christopher Emdin freestyle for Science Friday:

Segment Guests

Christopher Emdin

Christopher Emdin is author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation (Sense Publishers, 2010) and an associate professor in science education at the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, New York.

Jalib Johnson

Jalib Johnson is winner of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. and a senior at the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Harlem in New York, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.