NASA and Honeywell kick off the spring 2015 tour of “FMA Live! Forces in Motion” Monday with shows at Talley Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware, marking the 11th year of this collaboration designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
FMA Live! is a high-energy, live stage show that features actors, hip-hop dance, music videos, interactive scientific demonstrations and video interviews with NASA scientists to teach Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion and universal laws of gravity. The name of the show comes from Newton’s second law of motion: force = mass x acceleration.
“We are inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.” said Donald James, NASA’s associate administrator for Education.
Research shows interactive, experiential learning is the most effective way to engage students in STEM studies. A major goal of FMA Live! is to compel middle school students to pursue STEM academic coursework and ultimately seek careers in STEM-related fields.
Since its inception in 2004, FMA Live! has reached more than 400,000 middle school students across the United States, as well as students in Canada and Mexico.
Over the course of the next 10 weeks, the show, under the direction of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, will travel to 30 public, private and Department of Defense-affiliated middle schools in 10 states: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. FMA Live! will return in the fall with a tour of Midwest states.
NASA’s Office of Education collaborates with a wide variety of organizations from academia, industry and government to reach learners and educators across the United States.