Last Updated: 10/08/2012*
Rapping schoolkids, exploding apples and an edible ozone layer star in a crop of videos created by inventive science teachers as part of a Raytheon teaching contest.
One clip spoofs infomercials, with a scientist hacking through an apple with a hatchet to explain the composition of the earth. Another features a sendup of the Carly Rae Jepsen song, “Call Me Maybe”
“So, I just taught you / what might seem shady / the sun’s enormous / now ain’t that crazy?” a teacher from California belts out as her students bob to the beat.
The videos are all finalists in Raytheon’s MathMovesU “Driving Curiosity in the Classroom” video contest. To celebrate the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, Raytheon is awarding classroom grants for the best 60-second, out-of-this-world video lesson that communicates one or more interesting facts about space or space exploration using an apple as a prop.
The 10 finalists come from California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Ohio. The winner will be chosen by MathMovesU Facebook fans. Viewers can watch the videos and cast their vote at www.facebook.com/mathmovesu
In one clip, a teacher helps students build a drill like the one on the Curiosity Rover to take “core samples” from an apple. Another blows up an apple with a firecracker to demonstrate how stars become supernovas.
In another video, trio of grade schoolers from Bolton, Mass. raps about exploring space.
“Yo-yo-yo, the rover went to Mars!” they sing.
MathMovesU Facebook fans can cast votes until 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.
A classroom grant of $5,000 will be given for the first place video, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. Cast your vote today!
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