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Science Genius Rap Battles: Awesome New York Students Engage In Educational Rap-Offs (VIDEO)

06/28/2013 09:10 pm ET | Updated Jun 29, 2013

We are in love with these ninth graders, who apparently spend their class time writing science-related rhymes with their teacher in preparation for an epic end-of-year rap battle.

It's part of a pilot program that uses rap music to teach science in 10 New York City public schools, created by Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University's Teachers College.

"The people who most embrace hip-hop culture are the same populations who are most disinterested in school and disinterested in science," Emdin told CBS News.

Watch the video above from ABC News to see the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S in action.

According to the adults involved, the program has been a success: students who participated became more engaged in class, had higher grades and most importantly, were really, really psyched about science.

"If rapping doesn't become like a thing for me, I want to be a brain surgeon," one of the teens explained.

Organizers want to expand the program into more schools, hoping that it will become as big as the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Can someone please make this happen?

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