Future Scientists Take Center Stage
Atlanta gets hip-hop lessons to help students jump into STEM education
May 25, 2017
How do you get a school superintendent and students to do a rap on stage? You bring the excitement of FMA Live! Forces in Motion to the school.
Recently, teachers and students of Atlanta Public Schools gave the performance of their lives as part of the FMA Live! spring tour.
FMA Live! performed in front of more than 2,000 Atlanta students at Long Middle School, Brown Middle School and Harper Archer Middle School. These performances also attracted several guests in Atlanta, including Atlanta's Public School Superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen. The tour also made stops at middle schools in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The one-of-a-kind, hip-hop physics show, sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, has inspired thousands of students to learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a compelling, entertaining and unforgettable way while gaining a better understanding of the role Newton's Laws play in everyday life. Created by Honeywell and NASA, FMA Live! uses music, videos, and interactive demonstrations to teach and encourage students to consider pursuing STEM education and career paths.
“On behalf of Atlanta Public Schools, thank you to Honeywell and NASA for bringing STEM alive for our students," Superintendent Carstarphen said. "These are three of our beloved schools, where students have great needs in education. This is fantastic opportunity to actually see and learn about science in an exciting new way."
Principal Tiuna Crooms encouraged students as well. "STEM careers will open up doors for new generations in Atlanta," she said.
Students and teachers took part in the FMA Live! shows, demonstrating the Three Laws of Motion by jumping onto a velcro wall, wrestling in sumo suits, conducting a rocket launch and using slingshots to take aim at a bucket of applesauce dangling over their math teacher's head.
“With each school performance, Honeywell and NASA are helping to prepare more students to take an interest in STEM and become our future problem-solvers,” said Mike Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “The longevity of FMA Live! is a testament to how influential interactive STEM programs can be to students.”
Since its creation in 2004, FMA Live! has traveled nearly 112,000 miles to more than 1,200 schools and reached 480,000 students in 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as in Mexico and Canada.