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Dance hall/ Science Fusion in Science Genius Jamaica

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 2:00 AM
A St Jago High school student (left) and Wayne Marshall (front) show the academics and Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green (second right), how to “Stay Up”. Trying the dance move are Professor Chris Emdin (background, left) Dr Donna Hope (partially hidden), and Dr Sonja Stanley Niaah (right), lecturer at University of West Indies Mona.-Contributed
Director of Alumni and Development at the Mico University College, Sharon Wolfe, takes a quick selfie with Professor Christopher Emdin during the launch of Science Genius Jamaica. -Contributed.
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It was a meeting of science and dance hall, at the launch of Science Genius Jamaica on Wednesday (February 22) at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston.

Science enthusiasts, educators, academics, students, government officials, dance hall artistes, and even a Hollywood actor, came out to support the newest JN Foundation project aimed at revolutionising education in Jamaica.

In photo: Director of Alumni and Development at the Mico University College, Sharon Wolfe, takes a quick selfie with Professor Christopher Emdin during the launch of Science Genius Jamaica. -Contributed.

Inspired by Columbia University-based Professor Christopher Emdin, the programme is targeting 20 high schools across the island which will be selected for entry into the project based on creative videos submitted by the schools stating why they love learning science. Entries are to be received by February 28.   

The selected schools will be coached over the next four weeks to assist them with creating their own dance hall songs using strong scientific and mathematical content.

Dance hall artistes Tifa and Wayne Marshall are among the artistes who have already signed on board and will be engaging students as mentors and coaches.

The schools are set to compete in two rounds of dance hall 'clashes', and the winning school and the best performing individual student will receive cash prizes, including funds to upgrade the school's science laboratory and other rewards to be announced at a later date by the JN Foundation.