Honeywell And NASA Hit The Road To Bring STEM Education To Life For Students
October 05, 2016
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and NASA are bringing FMA Live! Forces in Motion, an award-winning hip-hop educational experience, to 30 schools during the fall; marking the 25th tour of the program since its inception in 2004. This fall, FMA Live! has performances planned at public, private and military-connected middle schools in nine states &endash; Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The tour heads to Stone Mountain, Georgia this week starting at Dekalb Academy of Technology and Environment.
Since the program's 2004 launch, FMA Live! has traveled nearly 110,000 miles to more than 1,200 schools and performed for 460,000 students in 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as in Mexico and Canada. The one-of-a-kind show incorporates hip-hop music and dancers, student volunteers, and on-stage, interactive science experiments to demonstrate how physics is part of everyday life.
"The astronauts of 2025 are sitting in our middle schools today. There is no better time to get students excited about STEM topics," said Donald James, NASA's associate administrator for Education. "Alongside Honeywell, we have created a program that provides students an early look into the career possibilities that exist in these fields."
Each performance focuses on Newton's Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion. FMA Live! is named after Newton's Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration] and uses music videos and interactive scientific demonstrations to teach and inspire students to pursue STEM careers.
"In each school we visit during the tour, we bring to life the importance of subjects like science and math and encourage students to explore careers that will ultimately change the world we live in," said Mike Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "The popularity of the program is a testament to its ability to both entertain and inspire students."
The FMA Live! Forces in Motion experience also features an online "Teachers' Lounge" that includes National Science Standards-based teaching resources including downloadable streaming videos, music from the show, and a comprehensive educational guide with lesson plans. This digital tool maintains post-show momentum and can be incorporated into classroom learning objectives throughout the school year.
About FMA Live!
Using live actors, hip-hop songs, music videos, interactive scientific demonstrations and video interviews with scientists and engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the show teaches Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of Gravity. Honeywell and NASA created FMA Live! in 2004 to inspire middle school students to explore STEM concepts and careers. The program addresses Forces and Motion learning objectives outlined by the Next Generation Science Education Standards for students in grades 5-8.
Through Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company has a number of award-winning programs focused on inspiring students at all grade levels to embrace STEM education. The company chose physics for FMA Live! Forces in Motion because studies have shown that the middle school years of education offer the best window of opportunity to get students interested in STEM careers.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
FMA Live! Forces in Motion is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit https://www.honeywell.com/en-us/company/our-communities.
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