Education
9:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Educator bringing hip hop music to science class

Biologist Danielle Lee from Cornell University uses hip hop as a tool in the classroom for science education.
Biologist Danielle Lee from Cornell University uses hip hop as a tool in the classroom for science education.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

Imagine being in a science class and getting bombarded with complicated terms and phrases. It can be daunting for people of color who are underrepresented in the sciences. But there’s a push in academia to change that through hip hop.    

That’s the approach taken by Biologist Danielle Lee, a self-defined hip hop maven. She regularly uses hip hop in the classroom and plans to do so in her new position at Cornell University. Recently, she visited Champaign-Urbana to help one of the graduate students in her lab collect prairie voles.  IPR’s Sean Powers met up with her.

Danielle Lee's blog, The Urban Scientist