Black Panther has continued to become a generational phenomenon earning more in its first week than any other Marvel Comics Universe film in history. Not only is the film breaking records, but it is inspiring and motivating the younger generation.
The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta showed its appreciation for Marvel’s Black Panther by working themes of the film into their class curriculum. Ron Clark and Kim Bearden founded private middle school used the Ryan Coogler directed film to plant seeds of interest of African culture in their students by embracing the African themes of the film and mixing them with real life African cultures from countries within the continent such as South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria.
The Ron Clark Academy exemplifies culturally relevant and thematic based teaching through the study of Africa as inspired by the @BlackPanther movie. Witness the school-wide lessons and activities which were spearheaded by RCA educators Pamela Haskins (@mrs.pam.i.am), Wade King (@_wadeking), and Susan Arauz Barnes (@arauzed). The students of RCA will remember #WakandaForever! #ronclarkacademy #blackpanther 🎥: @spearmaniac 🎼: Sing King Karaoke (@sing2music)
The students, who’s classifications range from 5th to 8th grade, were treated to lessons about languages native to Nigeria, South African styles of protest in the form of what Americans would call stepping, and native African cuisines like plantains and Fufu. Students got to explore music, art and dancing as well during their school day.
The staff at RCA was able to combine normal class instruction of science, math, literature etc. in a more fun and creative way that all was relevant to the film which has reportedly earned more than $700 million internationally.
The school’s science professor taught students about kinetic and potential energy in relation to vibranium, one of the powerful resources found in the fictional nation of Wakanda that was used to create T’Challa‘s suit. Another professor taught students about the technology in Black Panther specifically the kimoyo beads worn by T’Challa’s sister, Shuri. Shuri’s kimoyo beads, in the film, were able to contact people via hologram which eventually turned into a lesson in geometry, specifically about surface area.
CULTURAL IMMERSION // Today, our students continued their journey into Wakanda as our educators have incorporated elements from African history and the film, @BlackPanther, into their curriculum! RCA math teacher, @dr_vcjones, taught a STEM-infused lesson about the holographic displays generated through the Kimoyo bracelets worn by the people of Wakanda. The AV Bead on the bracelet allowed Shuri (@letitiawright) to alter holograms proportionally according to scale factor. #ronclarkacademy #WakandaForever #BlackPanther #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
CULTURAL IMMERSION // Yesterday, our students took a deeper dive into Wakanda as boys learned the skill of drumming while girls were adorned with African cloth and learned traditional dances. After our young men were educated on creating beats and repairing drum instruments, they worked together with our young ladies to create a space full of melody and movement entrenched in culture. Thank you to Baba Harun, Mama Omelika, and all of our friends for making it an unforgettable day! #ronclarkacademy #WakandaForever #BlackPanther
CULTURAL IMMERSION // Today, our students take a deeper dive into Wakanda as our educators have incorporated elements from African history and the film, @BlackPanther, into their curriculum! RCA science teacher, @_mr.thompson_, taught a lesson about kinetic and potential energy by highlighting the vibranium used in Black Panther’s (@chadwickboseman’s) suit! #ronclarkacademy #WakandaForever #BlackPanther #teachersofinstagram #teachersofinstagram
RCA is very unique in their approach to learning. The school itself is designed in manner more fun for students. Some classrooms are designed in a Harry Potter themed fashion, while other classrooms have Super Mario themes as seen on CBS This Morning.
Today is the day! Our students are on their way to see @Marvel’s blockbuster, @BlackPanther! All month, our educators have incorporated elements of the film and African history and culture into their curriculum in order to cultivate a journey into Wakanda like no other. Our students are dressed in African cloths and ready to experience the movie of a lifetime! #ronclarkacademy #WakandaForever #BlackPanther #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
The Academy’s founder, Ron Clark, provides a different approach to learning where students are still challenged by their instructors, yet can still have fun coming to school everyday knowing that they’re in an environment full of art, slides, and even an in house bungie jump, much to their enjoyment.