Entertaining Hip-Hop Science Education Concert To Reach More Than 16,000 Students
During 10-Week Tour
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., March 1, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced the 2012 Spring tour of their award-winning science education program FMA Live!
Created by Honeywell and NASA in 2004, FMA Live! is a hip-hop science education program designed to excite middle school students about science and math by teaching Sir Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion in an innovative, entertaining, and memorable way. Named for his second law of motion (Force = Mass x Acceleration), FMA Live! uses professional actors, original songs, music videos, and interactive science demonstrations to teach middle school students Newton’s three laws of motion and universal law of gravity.
FMA Live! is the only nationally touring, multi-media, science education production of its kind. The program brings an authentic, live, hip-hop concert experience of unprecedented size and proportion to middle schools. It will reach more than 16,000 students during its 10-week, 20-city tour of the United States. The program, which is completely underwritten by Honeywell, has already traveled 92,700 miles, covering 48 U.S. states and Canada, reaching 297,300 students at 844 schools.
The FMA Live! 2012 Spring tour will include stops in: Torrance, CA; Queen Creek, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; Oklahoma City, OK; Olathe, KS; Mishawaka, IN; Zoarville, OH; Plymouth, MI; Camillus, NY; Syracuse, NY; Taylor, PA; Washington, D.C.; Powhatan, VA; Morrisville, NC; Pickens, SC; Huntsville, AL; Brunswick, GA; Longwood, FL; Orlando, FL; St. Petersburg, FL.
According to www.whitehouse.gov, the United States ranks in the bottom third and bottom fifth among industrialized nations in science and math, respectively. FMA Live! addresses key learning objectives identified by the National Science Education Standards to increase student interest and participation in the sciences.
The program is designed to entertain students and encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). During each FMA Live! performance, students, teachers, and school administrators interact with professional actors in front of a live audience to experience Newton’s laws firsthand. A giant sticky wall is used to demonstrate inertia; go-carts driven across the stage illustrate action and reaction; and “extreme” wrestling and a huge soccer ball show that force is determined by mass multiplied by acceleration. All three of Newton’s laws are demonstrated simultaneously when a futuristic hover chair collides with a gigantic cream pie.
“As a leading technology company, Honeywell is committed to inspiring young people to explore exciting STEM careers,” said Tom Buckmaster, president of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “FMA Live! is part of a host of Honeywell programs that provides students and teachers with experiences and resources that bring math and science to life in fun, memorable, and life-changing ways.”
“NASA education is proud to continue its collaboration with Honeywell to bring FMA Live! to student audiences across the country,” said Leland Melvin, NASA associate administrator for education. “These high-energy performances deliver a solid STEM message in a way that entertains and inspires young learners. We hope they come away from the show with energy and enthusiasm for studying STEM and joining us as future explorers.”
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
FMA Live! is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Science & Math Education, 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 www.honeywell.com/citizenship.
Ann Marie Trotta