Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 13:24
Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) shared this wonderful Lady Gaga lab spoof on Twitter the other day. It rocks. And, it makes me wonder if my pals who've been thinking about getting students interested in careers by having scientists talk on camera might be going at this the wrong way. Sure, videos of scientists talking are totally fascinating (yawn..) and... Oh right, where was I? Well, here's the thing. If you want to get kids interested in something, you have to use something that interests them. Your strategy isn't going to work unless the kids find it intriguing enough to go watch it on their own. My kids will go watch a Lady Gaga video. Lots of cajoling, promises, promises, promises, let's face it. Maybe my kids are not like other kids, but nothing will entice mine to go watch career videos and they're certainly not going to go looking for them on their own. Interviews with amazing scientists, like the ones that the Cold Spring Harbor Lab education group made with Syndey Brenner in DNAi are entertaining for teachers, but they put teenagers to sleep. Lady Gaga, on the other hand.... Well, kids will watch music. I thought it might be fun to compile a list of our favorite music videos (lab related our course!) and suggest these to high school teachers who are seeking to interest students in lab careers. "I want your glove, yeah, yeah, yeah, I want your glove" What's your favorite lab music video? 10/4/2010 Update: @Bora kindly let me know that this video comes from one of our Sciblings. Yeah! And, she has posted the complete the lyrics here. Nice work Christina!