SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) and NASA are launching FMA Live!, a newly expanded version of the award-winning, hip-hop physics education program that inspires middle school students to learn and enjoy math and science in a compelling, fun and memorable way. The show runs in three Central New York schools this week. The show will be performed October 15 for LaFayette Junior/Senior High School students, October 16 for Pine Grove Middle School students, and October 18 for Lincoln Middle School students.
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 FMA Live! show teaches Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Laws of Gravity.
"FMA Live! brings physics to life by using real-life examples that are relevant to today's world, giving students the dose of inspiration needed to turn them on to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," said Tom Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "We are proud to partner with NASA on this program."
The name of the show comes from Newton's Second Law of Motion: that Force = Mass x Acceleration.Over the course of 10 weeks, the show will reach 30 middle schools in nine northeast and central U.S. states, including stops in: Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; Brooklyn, Syracuse, and Buffalo, NY; Jersey City and Paramus, NJ; Euclid, Ohio; Grosse Pointe, MI; Oak Lawn, IL; and Cedar Rapids, IA. A similar schedule is slated for western states next spring. "Having a sound background in the laws of physics is a critical component of a student's education and can open up a whole new world of opportunity," said Leland Melvin, NASA Associate Administrator for Education. "This has been a great collaboration between NASA and Honeywell, and I'm proud of how many students we've engaged through FMA Live! I have no doubt that many of those students are future NASA scientists who were just waiting to be inspired." The popular show is in high demand, and has been performed before 320,000 students at 900 middle schools in all 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as in Mexico and Canada. Like many technology-based companies, Honeywell is concerned that too few students have the necessary math and science skills to compete for jobs in the 21st-century. Through its Honeywell Hometown Solutions initiative, Honeywell 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! because studies have shown that the middle school years of education offer the best window of opportunity to get kids interested in STEM careers.