Students compose a song about the Red Planet after designing computer models of a future human outpost on Mars.

Transcript:

(David Delgado)
When we started this project, it was working with a group of students 0:00:04.00">during their summer break and they took on the Imagine Mars project.
At the same time, they were learning how to use these music production tools.
And so, a smaller group of those students decided that they were so excited about the project
that they were going to go on their own and create this rap song.
And to me, it was just amazing -- 'cause it sort of is the greatest example 0:00:31.00">of somebody learning something, retaining their information, 0:00:35.00">and expressing it in a way that's meaningful to them.
We didn't ask them to go and write a song --
we didn't ask them to go and produce music --
but, they were so excited about the information that they went and they did it anyway.
And they created something that was just astounding.
They had really learned something in this project --
not only about Mars science, not only about learning technology skills --
but about green design, about their own community,
and they figured out a way to express themselves that was just amazing.

All right, here we go y'all -- we're recording. We're rollin'.
(rehearsing) ...we done made a habitat -- how they figure that?
Okay, people -- it's about that time.
(more performers rehearsing)
...and it seems like we 'bout to blast off in 5, 4, 3, 2, 0:01:45.00">You got it man! You can do it, brother!
Okay, come off the ship, people. We done finally made it here.
Yeah, I know its cold. But just come out of the habitat -- you gonna be warm. 0:01:59.00">So check this out.
OK people -- whole time, we done had it fronted
Took things for granted but now we gonna show who run it.
It's a cold planet, so we doing damage
Put on your boots and space suits - we about to go 'hamage'
We done made a habitat -- how they figure that?
So we 'bout to go on and show them how to live on that red planet --
-- man, it's oh so cold. You think it's hot, but we like 'Nope, it's froze.'
So froze, OK -- now get out the ship.
We up in this habitat -- Earth nowhere near.
Plant them trees so we can cultivate 'em right.
Oxygen tank up on your back, inhale and take flight.
You're gonna be warm with heated surfaces at night;
King James about to show you the how-to's of new life.
Drill for water, the solar circuit on;
Earth bye-bye, 'cause Mars our new home.
Bye Bye Earth, we off to Mars
Survival 101, King James going hard
Seven month trip, yeah I know we going far --
But we got them bars, no worries now,
'cause Chi-town Royalty 'bout to show you how.
All right people, we done been here for about three months now.
You all know all the rotation so set up the UV lights on the water, set up our home -- 0:03:03.00">And we 'bout to throw it to Q.
Ah, I can't feel my feet, I'm on my way to Mars so I guess I ain't gonna sleep. 0:03:10.00">Third gravity, gotta adjust for about a week, 0:03:13.00">I'm back, I'm good on Mars so I guess I have to keep the beat
No oxygen, no clones -- technology ain't right so I'm keeping up with the Jones 0:03:21.00">No food, no phone -- I'm so far gone so I'm in another zone.
Bye Bye Earth, we off to Mars
Survival 101, King James going hard
Seven month trip, yeah I know we going far --
But we got them bars, no worries now,
'cause Chi-town Royalty 'bout to show you how.
(music, shout-outs)
We got make spaceships -- no more cars --
Man, ain't thinkin' 'bout the Earth cause we on our way to Mars. 0:03:52.00">Man, I never was a human -- I was an undercover martian.
Jumpin' real high, grabbin' stars like I'm Tarzan.
Spaceship holds 300, so we had to name it Spartan.
Park it on the roof like we got valet parking --
My own bio-dome made of metal, glass and stone --
We got to hurry up and leave before we turn to dust and bones 0:04:08.00">Sitting at the top is the Media Wizards' home
We accomplished so much - we only five years strong
Other programs are nothing but a couple clones --
They still on Earth while we're buildin' ozone.
Bye Bye Earth, we off to Mars
Survival 101, King James going hard
Seven month trip, yeah I know we going far --
But we got them bars, no worries now,
Bye Bye Earth, we off to Mars
Survival 101, King James going hard
Seven month trip, yeah I know we going far --
But we got them bars, no worries now,
Bye Bye Earth, we off to Mars
Survival 101, King James going hard
Seven month trip, yeah I know we going far --
But we got them bars, no worries now,
'cause Chi-town Royalty 'bout to show you how.
I'd like to thank Dave, Ms. Greyer,
and all the other people who are responsible for bringing astronomy into our community.
I never thought astronomy could be this exciting. (We're building life on Mars...)
I could talk about it all day. (We're building life on Mars...)
Yeah...
Bye Bye Earth...

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