We Can Teach Science Through Anything

NPR recently interviewed The Urban Scientist Dr. Danielle Lee about her science education and outreach efforts using hip hop. And the article seems surprised. But we shouldn’t be. Science is affected by culture and science impacts culture, but at its core, science is a way of understanding the universe. And so, just like other ways of understanding, it can be communicated in multiple ways. We can have operas about particle physics and covers of pop rock talking explaining marine biodiversity. Or, like Dr. Lee, we can incorporate cultural artifacts into science education. That works just as well, since if science is about the way the world works, then we’re bound to find scientific explanations popping up in culture.

 

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