‘Hip Hop Scientists’ at Innovations


Innovations Public Charter School fourth- and fifth-graders demonstrated their learning through the interdisciplinary performance “Hip Hop Scientists.”

With the mentorship of several local artists including teacher Andrea Lindborg, musician Luke Clebsch, graphic artists and dancers Mike Sato and Daryl Salmo, as well as choreographers and dance instructors Mahina Wall and Laura Smith, students authored and performed a musical representation of their study of microbiology. Students rewrote the lyrics to some of their favorite tunes, including Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Kanye West’s “Heartless,” to reflect their studies, then added choreography with motions, movements and gestures.

Perry’s song became “Looking Through a Microscope” and West’s “Microbiology.” The students’ versions included lines such as “cells make up all living things” and “cells are the structures of you and me.” The presentation integrated learning from several disciplines. The coordination with artists in the community brought the vision of integrating the arts into education to fruition, providing students a venue for sharing their learning with the greater school community.