FMA Live! Forces in Motion encourages students to explore physics through a unique and interactive program
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.,Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and NASA will bring their award-winning, hip-hop physics education program, FMA Live! Forces in Motion, to more than 40 public, private and military-connected middle schools in the Midwest this fall. The widely popular show brings hip-hop music, dancers, larger-than-life demonstrations and audience participation to illustrate how physics plays a role in everyday life. FMA Live! has been performed before 415,000 students in more than 1,100 schools from all 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as inMexico andCanada, since its creation in 2004. The fall tour will continue its way acrossNorth Carolina with shows planned at middle schools inFort Bragg, Rocky Mountain andDurham this week.
"Today's students are tomorrow's engineers and scientists," saidMike Bennett, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative. "We know that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning teaches students critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that are applicable to nearly every career field. Our goal is to expose students to programs such as FMA Live! Forces in Motion to pique their interest in pursuingSTEM education and career paths."
Newton's Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion are key elements in the unique program. Named after Newton's Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], FMA Live! Forces in Motion captures the audience's attention with out-of-the-box demonstrations. It aims to inspire future innovators to pursue careers inSTEM.
Honeywell and NASA have joined the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to bring FMA Live! Forces in Motion to military-connected schools across the Midwest this fall. This week, the show will make a stop at Albritton Middle School as part of their continued commitment to provideSTEM focused education assistance to students from military families. The physics-focused hip-hop program complements DoDEA's broader goals to infuseSTEM curriculum and instruction across all grade levels.
"Every child should have a solid foundation inSTEM, which can open doors they may not have known existed. Getting them excited is the first step from there, the career possibilities are endless," saidDonald James, NASA Associate Administrator for Education. "This has been a great collaboration between NASA and Honeywell, and I'm proud of how many schools and students we've engaged through FMA Live!"
During the fall 2015 tour, FMA Live! will perform in 10 states:Minnesota,Wisconsin,Indiana,Illinois,Iowa,Missouri,Kansas,Kentucky,Tennessee andNorth Carolina. The program also will travel to the west coast ofthe United States in spring 2016.
"This program captures students' imaginations," said PrincipalDeb 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 memorableSTEM education opportunity."
The FMA Live! Forces in Motion includes an online "Teacher's Lounge" with free lesson plans and other tools to incorporate into their classroom learning objectives. To learn more visit FMALive.com.
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! to inspire middle school students to exploreSTEM 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 embraceSTEM 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 kids interested inSTEM careers.
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The new FMA Live! Forces in Motion features a teachers lounge, which provides:
National Science Standards-based teaching resources
Downloadable streaming videos
Music from the show
A comprehensive educational guide with lesson plans
Educators interested in having FMA Live! visit their school can fill out the online application.
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 http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.
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