Can you imagine middle school science teachers “fighting” as Sumo wrestlers to demonstrate Newton’s Second Law of Motion? Or apple sauce all over a Principal’s head to see all Laws in action? Honeywell and NASA are kicking off their award-winning, hip-hop physics education program, FMA Live! Forces in Motion, this week in Minneapolis. The fall tour will travel to more than 40 public, private and military-connected middle schools in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers and scientists,” said Mike Bennett, President of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s global corporate citizenship initiative. “STEM learning teaches students critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that are applicable in nearly every career field. We hope that when students are exposed to programs such as FMA Live! Forces in Motion, it piques their interest in pursuing STEM education and career paths in the future.”
FMA Live! illustrates Newton’s Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion with hip-hop music, dancers, videos, larger-than-life displays and audience participation. It helps students understand the role physics plays in everyday life. Named after Newton’s Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], the unique program captures the audience’s attention with outside-the-box demonstrations. It aims to inspire future innovators to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math – also known as STEM.
“This program captures students’ imaginations,” said Principal Deb Ostrowski, whose Mt. Pleasant Middle School students were part of the spring 2015 FMA Live! tour. “It was amazing to see how attentive they were during the performance. FMA Live! will leave a lasting impression on them and we can’t thank Honeywell and NASA enough for providing us with this memorable STEM education opportunity.”
Since 2004, FMA Live! has been performed in front of 415,000 students in over 1,100 schools. The tour has gone to all 48 contiguous United States, as well as Mexico and Canada. For more information on Honeywell’s global corporate citizenship and STEM, visit Honeywell Hometown Solutions.