Hip Hop Science event a hit with pupils

2014-07-21 00:00

UMLAZI and Chesterville children combined chemistry and chords when they attended the Hip Hop Science Spaza on Saturday.

Grade 10, 11 and 12 pupils engaged in practical science activities at the BAT Centre where they turned knowledge into rap songs. Pupils developed rhyming lines and raps working with music communication specialist Hilary Kromberg and KZN-based musicians Rooted Souls.

The event culminated in a hip hop battle for the best science rap, which was won by a group of pupils who call themselves Forth Harmony.

Sama Award-winning rap artist and computer scientist iFani made a surprise guest appearance and performed, interacted and worked with pupils at the workshop.

Organic chemistry researcher and lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Dr Sphamandla Sithebe delivered the first lesson at the workshop.

The Hip Hop Science Spaza workshop was co-founded by Robert Inglis. Science Spaza is a science education initiative to bring activity-based curriculum-linked science resources to pupils through science clubs.

“It’s important to express science to [children] in a way that is relevant to them so we did this by bringing in hip hop and popular youth culture,” said Inglis.

This year celebrates the International Year of Crystallography, 100 years since the discovery of X-Ray crystallography that allowed scientists to see the crystal structure of molecules.

Crystallography is a wide-ranging discipline, which impacts on nearly every field of science and technology.

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