Nelson Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
He could not have been more right. But does education have to be boring and only be associated with long lectures, tonnes of paperwork, and hours of reading? Maybe that’s how it was meant to be in olden times but not anymore. Edutainment has changed the scenario of modern education.
In easy terms, edutainment means the use of any media or gadget that merges entertainment and education with the sole purpose of making learning enjoyable and an experience. The edutainment industry across the world is continuously curating interactive digital media by mixing the two and this new age innovation has taken over the conventional teaching methods.
Kendrick Tilghman is a professional disc jockey who has a degree in Electrical & Computer engineering. He combined his skill and qualifications to become a one-of-a-kind STEM DJ. He has played a tremendous role in revolutionizing modern-day edutainment in Baltimore, MD. He is the creator of the organization BEMORESTEM which has managed to put the element of WOW in STEM.
STEM stands for the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM education is the learning of these subjects at a young age for the students to be able to have more people equipped in these disciplines in the real world. It is a common innovation and this hands-on approach of integrating STEM into schools has taken over schools worldwide.
Kendrick, who is also known as DJ 5 Starr, has managed to change the approach to deliver STEM education in his area. His educational initiative BE MORE STEM stands for Bringing Everyone More Relevant Experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and provides edutainment workshops, resources, after-school programs, summer courses, coding using the art of DJing. He calls himself a Djpreneur and top Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Mathematics (S.T.R.E.A.M.) advocate.
His company, 5 Starr Enterprise, aims to empower communities to play more active roles in S.T.R.E.A.M.-related fields. The Math Thru Music kits offer exciting ways to help students understand and gain a greater understanding of numeracy, coding, and social justice while using the art of DJing.
Kendrick founded his company with a belief that enhancing creative thinking by using music and his skills as a DJ, would not just lead to greater understanding and interest of students but also revolutionize STEM education; which is much needed in the world of today.