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Science Genius Jamaica

 

Overview 

Science Genius Jamaica (SGJ) is a collaboration between JN Foundation and Colombia (USA) Professor Christopher Emdin – pioneer behind Science Genius. 

Executed under the Foundation’s Education Programmes, SGJ is designed to get high school students and teachers excited about science and increase the number of students succeeding in the area.

Where Science Genius uses Hip-Hop music in the US, Science Genius Jamaica will use dancehall music to help Jamaican teachers and students discover and explore the wonders of science.It is expected that this will create an ideal atmosphere to foster ‘science mindedness’.

With the aid of popular and seasoned dancehall toasters 20 exuberant, energetic and zealous grade 9 science teachers will be trained to use the principles associated with composing Dancehall lyrics to engage students and improve student interaction in the pilot phase of the project (see Project Guidelines). This phase should run the academic Easter term, 2017.

Some of the concepts to be covered in these writing sessions include:

  • Confidence and ego;
  • Expressing one’s experiences and observations in a sequential and coherent manner;
  • Using jargons unique to the target community for appeal;
  • Seeking acceptance among peers and larger community;
  • Collaboration;
  • Contention and critique;
  • Re-invention;
  • Pushing boundaries, exploring the unknown and taboo         

A key outcome of this initiative is the ability of the students to compose songs about science topics and focus areas using dancehall and other related pop culture forms. From this they will garner an enhanced appreciation for science and creating new mechanisms for retaining such lessons.

The culmination of this pilot phase includes a competition (Competition Guidelines) where these songs will be performed at the final B.A.T.T.L.E.S. - Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science, in May 2017.