Dalewood Middle School students Tahj Cargle, Jamaal Ward, Eric Kelly and Jamicheal Wilson, from left, perform a science rap song for seventh-graders on May 20 at the Chattanooga, Tenn., school.

Dalewood Middle Schoolers win Science Genius at Chattanooga State, make national news

We were thrilled to see reporter Will Healy’s Chattanooga Times Free Press article celebrate the success of four local students from Dalewood Middle School who won Chattanooga’s first Science Genius rap competition held on campus earlier this month. Healy’s article was picked up by the Associated Press and is receiving national circulation, including in the U.S. News and World Report this week: “Tennessee Students Use Hip-Hop to Learn STEM Standards: Four middle schoolers, members of a rap group called Re-Generation, teach their peers about science.”

“We partnered with Hamilton County schools to connect Dr. Emdin’s work with local students,” according to Christine Conn, Director of Education Programs at Chattanooga State Community College and a project director of Science Genius Chattanooga.

Chattanooga State hosted the Science Genius Chattanooga competition on Thursday, May 7 as part of a pilot program about reality pedagogy and Science Genius.

“We are proud to see the Dalewood students being honored for their academic success both locally and across the country, and we wish them the best at the competition at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York this June,” Conn said.

Science Rap from Chattanooga Times Free Press on Vimeo.

Chattanooga State’s Science Genius pilot project was made possible in partnership with the iZone Schools of Hamilton County, The Howard School and funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga-Osborne Fund, the Tucker Foundation and the Chattanooga State Foundation. 

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