A Hip Hop Series about Global STEM Issues

Tuff Pupil

The Lawrence is more than UC Berkeley’s public science center. We work to engage youth and communities with science, technology, engineering and math. This animated series was produced with Computer Science faculty to help young people learn important ideas related to cyber security. Parents, educators, librarians and community leaders – please use these videos with youth in your homes, schools and youth orgs to support conversations about how to safely and smartly use the internet. We will be adding curriculum and episodes in 2022 to spark conversations about many global STEM issues.

Tuff Pupil Trailer

Introducing an animated hip hop STEM series from The Lawrence

Episode One

Taye and Flori get a text message about their favorite pizza – how did the pizza spot know they were hungry? THAT’S DATA!

Episode Two

Flori almost shares her private passwords with a weird game online. When can you TRUST?

Episode Three

It’s Taye’s birthday – the invite is amazing but there’s personal information on there like his home address. How can the band be PRIVACY SMART?


Taye and Flori are high school students and best friends, and they’re also electronic hip hop duo Tuff Pupil. After school, they make music about the technology and science they encounter in their lives that they think other kids should know about. Each 5 minute episode demystifies an everyday phenomenon—how your local pizzeria can predict your order, or how online radio seems to always play the song you were dying to hear.

Tuff Pupil introduces STEM topics that are essential to their lives: data science, contagion, climate disruption, clean energy and artificial intelligence. The stories support youth by raising awareness of key concepts that can become a STEM life skills toolbox for elementary students.

Download our one sheet.

A project of The Lawrence Hall of Science in collaboration with the Computer Science department at UC Berkeley.

Key Content Areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Contagion
  • Clean Energy
  • Data Science
  • Genetics
  • Climate Disruption

Ages: 6 -10


Featuring the voices of Tommy Shepherd and Kaitlin McGaw of Alphabet Rockers.

Support Provided By

This material is based upon work supported by the NSF/VMware Partnership on Edge Computing Data Infrastructure (ECDI) program under ECDI: Secure Fog Robotics Using the Global Data Plane, Award No. 1838833 and the VMware University Research Fund. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Get In Touch

For partnership inquiries, contact:

Sarah Lefton