The below video chronicles the first lesson by Dr. Christopher Emdin in a program called Science Genius designed to excite urban public schools students in New York about science. The video is a useful starting point in examining science education in urban public schools. The students cite being uninterested in science, and it shows in their body language at the beginning of the clip. Furthermore, one student says science is too hard and that it requires too much “smartness”. This demonstrates the deleterious conceptions of science as a white man’s field. Dr. Emdin reveals that science education can be transformed when it becomes accessible and relatable for minority students, and he attempts to do this through incorporating culturally relevant pedagogy, namely hip-hop.1


Bill Nye and Jay Z demonstrating the connection between science and hip-hop.

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