Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson & Crick – Science History Rap Battle

Previously, I wrote about a Kickstarter campaign to fund schoolchildren making clips about scientific history.

One of the videos is now available, featuring a story interesting for me for two reasons: it is an intersection of science and feminism. There is a poetic justice in using XXI century media tools to illuminate the injustice of XX century picture of science progres depending on exclusively white, mostly well-off men.

Rapping About Science Interactive

“Science” and “rap” are not the two words I expected to find in one sentence. How very small-minded of me. I have discovered that in 2010 Bite Size Bio had a BioPop Rap Battle between if not award-winning then at least media-noticed Tom McFadden and a relative newcomer Science Rapper. In this epic battle between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston of science rap, judged by popular vote, the experience won.

But although I like sleek science rap videos starring Tom McFadden, a former Stanford biology course instructor-turned scientific communicator, I am more excited about his new project. Tom has started a crowd-funded venture to make five professional music videos based on middle school pupil’s debates in science history.

The topics are… (drumroll):

* “Is Pluto a planet?”

* “Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson & Crick” (my favorite)

*”Tycho Brahe vs. Johannes Kepler

* “Alfred Wegener vs. ‘The Fixists'”

* “Black Plague vs. Yellow Fever”

The project participants will learn a lot of skills, such as science review, rhyming, lyric-writing, audio and video production.

Depending on the size of the backer’s pledge (s)he will get digital goodies starting from one of the soundtracks up to his name inclusion in a rap! Bitesize Bio couldn’t resist a possiblity of fame – it has become a backer and it is looking forward to hearing “Bitesize Bio” being rapped by the young rappers.

It would be great if you, the reader, back up the project – I did.

Promotional video about Tom’s project

This is 1.0, 1.1 was published @BiteSizeBio