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A Hip Hop Education STEMposium

Thursday, April 02, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Hip Hop and STEM?  Yes, it is possible!  More than 500 TDSB students and teachers explored their science genius at the points where Hip Hop meets science, technology, engineering and math at a Hip Hop STEMposium held on March 27 at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute.

The conference is the brainchild of Ramon San Vicente, Instructional Leader with Equity and Inclusive Schools. “Hip Hop is a culture that engages many young people, so we’re trying to see how this might engage young people in their education,” he said when asked by a reporter about how the conference came to life.

GTA’s finest Hip Hop educators and internationally-recognized Hip Hop scholars delivered 18 workshops on topics ranging from the science of beat making and DJ’ing, to sacred geometry and indigenizing and decolonizing through rap.

The keynote address by Dr. Christopher Emdin of Columbia University was transformative as he challenged all present to get in touch with the science genius within.  Dr. Elliot Gann, clinical psychologist and beat maker extraordinaire, delivered one of many workshops that elicited intense engagement as students not only created their own beats, but walked away with a greater understanding of both the art and science of doing so.

The evening program at Central Technical School featured a community screening and discussion of the film, How Hip Hop Changed the World. To top off the experience, the Saturday program posed the question, “Is Hip Hop corrupted when used as tool for education in schools?”  The distinguished panel of debaters, including George E. Clarke and Audrey Hudson, engaged in a lively and informative exchange of intellectual and grass roots sparring chaired by TDSB’s Karen Murray.

For more information on the event, presenters and resource materials on integrating Hip Hop as Critical Pedagogy into teaching and learning, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by TDSB Equity & Inclusive Schools department, TDSB STEM, TDSB Teachers Learning and Leading, OISE/UT, the Regent Park Film Festival and RhymesToReEducation.com 

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