Singers, dancers and other performers rocked the stage at Portsmouth Middle School in Portsmouth, N.H., on April 24, as part of the FMA Live! Forces in Motion 10-state spring tour.
Portsmouth Middle School is a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school, serving nearly 600 students from military families. The FMA Live! performance also attracted several guests, including New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R).
For more than 10 years, Honeywell Hometown Solutions' interactive, hip-hop, physics program has inspired 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 scientific demonstrations to teach and encourage students to consider pursuing STEM education and career paths.
"STEM jobs are growing at a faster rate than non-STEM jobs, and that trend will continue for the next decade," Shaheen said. "For New Hampshire to stay competitive, we need to increase the number of students graduating with STEM degrees." Ayotte encouraged female students to pursue STEM careers as well. "We need you," she said. "Someone in this forum is going to invent the next iPhone, and someone else may invent something that will save lives."
Several students and teachers took part in the FMA Live! show, demonstrating the laws of motion by jumping onto a Velcro wall, wrestling in inflatable sumo suits and using slingshots to take aim at a bucket of applesauce perched over their assistant principal’s head. "We are extremely honored to have representatives from our U.S. Congress, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Department of Defense in attendance today,” said Phil Davis, Assistant Principal, Portsmouth Middle School. “We can't thank Honeywell and NASA enough for bringing this program to us and supporting our students and STEM education.”
Since its creation in 2004, FMA Live! has reached more than 400,000 students across the U.S., Mexico and Canada, including 14,000 students at 27 military-affiliated schools.
For more information about FMA Live!, visit www.fmalive.com