Hip Hop Education is taking over the world. My brother in science and hip hop Dr. Chris Emdin and The GZA of Wu-Tang have rolled out an amazing science education and engagement platform: Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. High School students create rhymes and battle each other to demonstrate not only their MC prowess but science comprehension as well.
I know. So awesome. What? You want next? Bet.
PBS News Hour invites you to Create Your Own Science Rap.
(details at School House Rapping With Wu-Tang Clan's GZA and below)
Enter your own science rap or hip-hop verse for a chance to win a PBS NewsHour mug signed by GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan along with a personal video shout-out from the rap legend himself. Our contest is modeled after the Science Genius competition, a partnership between GZA, Christopher Emdin and Rap Genius. Entries will be judged by Emdin and two of his Columbia University Teachers College graduate students.
How to submit a video:
- Create your science rap video according to the guidelines below and upload it to YouTube.
- Click here to submit your entry in the contest. (You must log in to your YouTube account.)
- Now, choose the video from your channel and submit it as a response to GZA's YouTube video.
- Videos will be reviewed and approved before they become visible on the PBS NewsHour channel.
- Entries must incorporate at least one scientific topic/concept into 16 bars of verse. (16 bars is the length of a traditional verse, and a bar is made up of beats of four.) I recommend Evolution or Ecology. Shoot who am I kidding,go big, do Sexual Selection and avoid swear words. You will so own the mic after that. LOL
- The main topic/concept of the rap must be referenced in different ways at least three times in the verse.
- Be creative in your expression of the science (E.g.: envision yourself either as somebody involved in the scientific process or an object undergoing the scientific process. Draw connections between your real world experiences and the concepts themselves.)
- Information must be scientifically accurate and verifiable.
- Lyrics must rhyme, and incorporate metaphor/analogy
- Entries are due by Friday, May 3.
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