Reggae – specifically Dancehall, will be used to teach science to school children in Jamaica.
The education project ‘Science Genius Jamaica’, is a partnership between The Jamaica National (JN) Foundation and Professor Christopher Emdin, a Mathematics and Science Professor at New York’s Columbia University.
Using the exciting Dancehall clash competition as its format, ‘Science Genius Jamaica’ fuses Dancehall music with science as a tool to help bring the subject to life for students as well as teachers.
Professor Emdin launched Science Genius 4 years ago, in New York schools using HipHop instead of Dancehall, after statistics showed that students were not performing as well as they should in core Mathematics and Science.
Emdin says that by merging music and science “you are retraining the brain of youth who are embedded in Dancehall, to re-imagine themselves as scientists” and that “We are rewiring our generation.”
Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr. Andrew Wheatley welcomed the project, and thanked the JN Foundation for “birthing the new generation of scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, engineers, botanists – both girls and boys.”
The ‘Science Genius Jamaica’ project is expected to reap positive results in the near future and improve the national Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Science performance.