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STEM Event Mixes Physics with Hip Hop

CORALVILLE (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Take a little hip hop and some hot dance moves, and  youve got a concert, now mix it with a little Sir Isaac Newton and its a physics classminus the blackboard or textbook.
Teachers come back to us all the time, and they say if I was able to rap and dance in my classroom, I really would, said Eric Olson, host of FMA Live. The group raps and dances to hip hop music while teaching STEM concepts.
Call it unconventional, but hundreds of middle school students at Northwest Junior High School quickly caught on to Newtons three laws of motion at an event Friday. 
Everything you put in the earth comes back some type of way, said seventh grader Diamond Scarbrough.
Every force has an opposite reaction, said student Misha Kuznetosov.
Its that type of thinking outside the box that Congressman Dave Loebsack and other lawmakers are trying to promote in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
Its about making sure our economy stays competitive, making sure these young folks appreciate these topics so they can go into to this when theyre in college, said Loebsack.
This year the state got about $5 million as part of its STEM initiative. A push Rebecca Whitaker who coordinates stem programs at high schools says is critical to meet a changing job market.
"Jobs in Iowa that are related to STEM are unfilled, we don't have enough students, we don't have enough graduates to fill those, Whitaker said who works at the University of Iowas College of Engineering.
"It's great if we could have some Iowa citizens fill these jobs," she said.
A goal not too far out of reach, especially for these seventh and eighth graders at the event.

 
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