Creating art allows the artist to see the subject more intensely. To see it fully. To understand multiple angles.
It also makes the subject a whole lot more interesting.
In New York City, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College professor Chris Emdin partnered with 10 public high schools and rapper GZA to combine hip-hop and science in the classroom. Biology students create rhymes about their subjects. The songs have to be about the meaning, not the words (Suarez 2013).
PBS Newshour produced a video about the program on March 27, 2013. It features some of the raps. They’re really impressive, as is the program.
Link to Songs in the Key of Biology: Students Write Hip-Hop to Learn Science: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june13/hiphop_03-27.html
2013 “Songs in the Key of Biology: Students Write Hip-Hop to Learn Science”. PBS Newshour (posted online March 27, 2013). Electronic document, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june13/hiphop_03-27.html.
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