Maynard Okereke

The Hip Hop M.D.


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This session aired at ScIC8 Science is Cool Virtual Unconference on Friday, February 25.


Education Through Entertainment

As social media becomes a greater part of our day to day lives, it's important that we transform the way we educate to meet the trends of today. The Hip Hop M.D., Maynard Okereke, highlights how to make STEM education entertaining and engaging through the use of pop culture, music, and entertainment.



Maynard Okereke Science Communicator | Hip Hop Science

Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D., graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is an award winning Science Communicator, having received both the Asteroid Award for "Best Streaming Content" and the People of Change Award for his community outreach efforts. His passion for science and entertainment, along with his curiosity for new innovation has taken him through an incredible life journey.

Noticing a lack of minority involvement in the S.T.E.M. fields, he created Hip Hop Science with the goal of encouraging minorities and youth to pursue more advanced career paths. His background in engineering, acting, business, and credible work within the music industry as an artist, make him uniquely qualified to engage on a wide variety of topics from an entertaining perspective. This is highly reflected in his weekly vlogs and daily social media posts which provide both humorous and informative #SciComm content.

Notes and Resources:

Ocean Exploration Trust

Learn about the National Marine Educators Association

To learn more and sign up for Inspired by the Deep:

Find Maynard on:

Please Don't Kill My Hive - Science Rap Academy (Shout out to Kendrick Lamar)

National Society of Black Engineers:

Tyraine Ragsdale is an amazing Scientist of Color in the Philadelphia


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