The STEAMaster Rap Battle Comes to MRH Middle School
MRH Middle School throwin' down some sick beats for science!
Seventh and eighth-grade scholars have spent the last few weeks participating in the STEAMaster rap battle. This competition was created to encourage students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). During the competition, students are able to demonstrate their knowledge of science by communicating in the form of a rap or poem based on the content they’ve learned this school year.
To begin this project, students explored the history of rap and hip hop and analyzed various lyrics in their communications arts class. Through the study of the rhyme scheme, they were able to identify the similarities between poetry and rap or hip hop. They then worked to create a rap verse or poem containing an accurate use of science vocabulary from their chosen topic, as well as content connections such as the use of analogies, similes, metaphors, and word choice.
Some of the topics that students chose to write about include the water cycle, food chains, weather, and pollinators. In addition, seventh-graders had the opportunity to work with Tom Pini, a songwriter, and DJ, to explore digital engineering, how to go about choosing a beat, and how songwriters utilize digital audio workstations and midi boards.
As a required component, seventh-graders created WeVideos to go along with their lyrics, and eighth-graders created slides with their lyrics. Preliminary auditions took place on Thursday and Friday, and 12 individuals or groups performed in Tuesday’s Townhall semifinals. The top two performances move on to the finals on February 20, where they will compete against students from other middle schools in the area.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.