Keynote speaker Edmund Adjapong spoke about Hip-Hop Based Education, and the method’s success in engaging students with educational topics by having them engage and participate than forcing Hip-Hop into the curriculum. As an example, he talked more about the Science Genius rap battles, first held in New York City. The format is a friendly competition, in which students are judged not only on their performance and lyrical skills, but also on the scientific quality of their lyrics. Adjapong said that they’ve seen students who previously showed little interest in science suddenly start researching topics outside of the mandatory curriculum just to make their rap more interesting and scientific.
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