Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA showed up at a Bronx Compass High School to rap about science, stunning students, reports Slate. (He apparently is very hot stuff.) The visit was part of Science Genius, a program created by Columbia Professor Christopher Emdin.
Bronx Compass integrates the arts with STEM to create STEAM, reports the New York Daily News.
The Castle Hill school, which opened last year, offers classes and programs in video game design, robotics, film, media and software engineering. It will add fashion design — or “intelligent clothing” with electronics — next school year.
Instead of using textbooks, students complete all their work in Google Docs. They write essays and create their own podcasts. They produce and screen films.
And on a recent day, students were immersed in finishing up video games they had created based on serious topics like the Holocaust and life in the Bronx.
In the music class, students used GarageBand and Audiotool programs to mix their beats.
Does STEAM make sense?
At the end of sophomore biology class, I made a movie with some friends that featured the Reproduction Song: “Double your pleasure, double your fun, with reproduc -, reproduc -, reproduction.”
I also wrote a DNA Song: “Oh, the adenine’s connected to the thymine, and the cystosine’s connected to the guanine, and the helix goes around and around and around and the helix goes around and around.”
We also parodied those science films starring Dr. Research.
It was fun, but I’m not sure it was educational.