Honeywell and NASA are celebrating 10 years of collaboration with FMA Live! STEM Education, an 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 popular show, which will visit its 1,000th school during this special tour, is in high demand, having been performed before 400,000 students in all 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as in Mexico and Canada.
The fall tour is rolling into Denver this week, hosting shows at three area middle schools, including: Castle Rock Middle School, Cresthill Middle School and Cimarron Middle School.
In recent world rankings from the National Science Board, the United States, which remains the world's largest pool of scientists and engineers, lags in science and math performance with high school students showing below-average math skills and ranking 26th in the world.
"As a technology-based company, Honeywell is devoted to equipping the next-generation of inspired students with the tools they will need to succeed in the U.S. job market, including skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," said Tom Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "FMA Live! provides students with early access to the types of programs that are crucial in developing competencies to keep students competitive throughout their academic and professional careers."
"The continued success of our great collaboration with Honeywell on FMA Live! is a testament to the fact that STEM and cool are one," said Donald James, associate administrator for education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "By combining compelling, NASA-unique content and dynamic stage performances to teach physics, we are inspiring students to study hard and become America's future scientists, engineers and explorers."
Over the course of 10 weeks, the show, under the direction of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, will reach 55 public, private and military-connected middle schools in seven west coast and southwest U.S. states, including: Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, CA; Phoenix and Tucson, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Denver and Fort Carson, CO; and Salt Lake City, UT. The program will also be back on tour in the spring throughout the eastern part of the United States.
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 Laws of Gravity.
Honeywell and NASA created FMA Live! to inspire middle school students to explore STEM 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 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! Forces in Motion, because studies have shown that the middle school years of education offer the best window of opportunity to get kids interested in STEM careers.
Source: PR Newswire