Hip hop has unequivocally captured the imagination of young people in a way that no other phenomenon ever has. With that strong belief, Columbia professor Chris Emdin launched Science Genius, mashing hip hop and science education. His reasoning is deductive: “If hip hop can grab them like that, and if science is a piece of who they are, and if there’s so much science in hip hop, then why not make those connections?” We spoke to recently Emdin at the Big Ideas Fest.
It’s easy to get swept up in Emdin’s passion for hip hop, for learning, for science, for the success of each and every one of his students. It’s his infectious passion that he brings to his work, the work he says can “change the world.”