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Science Educator and Professor Christopher Emdin to be Honored by White House

Science Educator and Professor Christopher Emdin to be Honored by White House

Published in TC NewsMakers
2/25/2014

TC’s Christopher Emdin, associate professor of Science Education, will be named a “Champion of Change” at a ceremony at the White House Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Emdin is one of 10 educators who will receive the award for creating opportunities and broadening diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professions. The Champions are being honored for using unconventional approaches to enhance student exposure to STEM subjects.

Emdin uses Hip Hop concepts and rap to teach science to middle- and high-school students throughout New York City. In 2012, Emdin and the Hip Hop artist GZA created the Science GENIUS program in which teams of high school students wrote rap songs incorporating science concepts and entered them in a citywide competition. The songs were judged by a panel of scientists and rap artists for the accuracy of their science content as well as their artistry.

“I am very humbled to accept the award,” Emdin said in an interview. “What is most powerful about it to me is that it shows some recognition of work in STEM education that is outside traditional approaches to teaching and learning.

“Most of all, I am excited to showcase this work in Hip Hop and education, which I truly believe is the future of education in introducing urban youth of color to STEM professions.”

In July 2012, President Obama launched the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans to help support African American students. The initiative is headed by TC alumnus David Johns (M.A. ’06, sociology and education policy), who will bestow the awards at the White House ceremony.

Champions of Change was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations that empower and inspire members of their communities.

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