How do you get middle school students excited about math and science? By bringing them a fun and creative hip-hop dance and music experience they’ll never forget –FMA Live!
Named after Newton’s second law of motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], FMA Live! Forces in Motion combines hip-hop music, actors, dancers and audience participation in a way that engages students in fifth through eighth grade. The program illustrates how physics plays an important role in everyday life while capturing the audience’s attention with larger-than-life demonstrations.
This fall marks the 25th tour of the innovative and award-winning educational program created by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, and NASA. The goal of FMA Live! is to open students’ eyes to educational and career paths in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“At 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 give them opportunities to change the world we live in,” said Mike Bennett, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “The popularity of FMA Live! is a testament to its ability to both entertain and inspire students.”
Since the program’s inception in 2004, FMA Live! has traveled nearly 110,000 miles to more than 1,200 schools. The show have performed for nearly a half-million students in 48 contiguous United States, as well as in Mexico and Canada. This fall, FMA Live! has 40 performances planned at public, private and military-connected schools in nine states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.
Participating teachers appreciate the impact FMA Live! has on students and their desire to learn more about STEM. Many mention the long-term effect the assembly has on the student body, and how the experience deepens relationships, trust and a sense of community on campuses.
The FMA Live! program includes 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.