(AllHipHop News) Hip-Hop can be used as an effective educational tool. The Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S (Bringing Attention to Transforming, Teaching and Learning Science) Program proves elements of the culture are a powerful way to connect today’s youth with science curriculum.
Science Genius held its fourth annual rap competition featuring New York City students displaying their rap skills as well as knowledge of scientific subjects. Actor Derek Luke and music producer Bruce Waynne served as celebrity guest judges.
The students had to battle their classmates at their school in order to make it into the city-wide event. Seven acts were selected to compete as finalists.
Brooklyn Preparatory High School’s Freaks of Nature (Jaiyer Millington, Melshawn Richey, Mitch Hunte, and Kaison Samuell) won first place. The group’s energy-centered performance earned them the 2016 title of B.A.T.T.L.E.S. champions.
The Science Genius initiative was founded by Columbia University professor Dr. Christopher Emdin and legendary Wu-Tang Clan member GZA.
“The program was inspired by the brilliance of young people and the inability of schools to harness that brilliance and activate an interest and passion for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics],” said Emdin.
Science Genius is also located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, St. Lucie, Florida, Houston, Texas, and Toronto, Canada. Emdin plans to expand the program to other cities around the country.
Watch Freaks of Nature’s performance below.