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March 19, 2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Harmonizing Mathematics and Hip-Hop: A Creative Journey Beyond Numbers


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About This Webinar

This session will be a transformative exploration transcending traditional views of mathematics and STEM. The 2024 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference presentation isn't a hard sell on numbers; it's a creative and logical approach aimed at making mathematics more appealing and relevant, especially at its edges. This approach delves into the more uncharted territory of creativity, reaching out extra hard to introverts and those wrestling with imposter syndrome or math phobia to use our ability to freestyle, improvise and think like the true creative problem solvers we all are. This approach seeks not only to teach and learn but to build a common culture that embraces our diverse strengths, making learning an inclusive and empowering experience for all.


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Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of the District of Columbia

Professor Lyrical is an artist and educator known for using the positive aspects of Hip Hop culture to empower citizens to self-advocate for socioeconomic change. Equally compelling is his "side-hustle" as an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia, a public land-grant HBCU in Washington DC, where he also directs faculty development for its associate programs within its embedded community college.  

A regularly contracted public speaker, performer and faculty developer, Dr. Plourde is also a QuSTEAM Subject Matter Expert. The QuSTEAM initiative (Convergent undergraduate education in Quantum Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is developing a transformative and convergent undergraduate curriculum to provide a national education model for the emerging field of quantum information science and engineering and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator. Similarly, Dr. Plourde is also part of a grant funded UDC team developing the first Associates of Science degree in Quantum Information Science (QIS).  

As a master-craftsman lyricist and award-winning rapper and spoken word poet, Pro has consistently published records in heavy rotation among college/mix-show stations for three different groups (X-Caliber, Invasion, and most recently with ProQuo) and has had music placed in various movies and numerous advertisement campaigns. Lyrical has competed in some of the most prestigious rap battles in history (Battle for World Supremacy, Zulu Nation NYC, Pitch & Flow DC, Boston Super Bowl Battles, etc.), including winning the Pitch & Flow Battle at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (a battle which paired “dope, socially-conscious emcees with green entrepreneurs and corporations in accordance with UN sustainability goals”). 

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

In addition, Share My Lesson has arrangements in place as follows:




March 19, 2024
6.88 MB
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