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Honeywell and NASA Push 'Hip' New STEM Program in Utah Schools

Honeywell and NASA are getting together for the STEM-centric Forces in Motion program for Utah middle schools. This hip experience is designed to appeal to the rising generation of STEM students and future work force.

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and NASA are proud to support their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program with the award-winning, hip-hop educational experience FMA Live! Forces in Motion,” according to a recent release

“The program made its return to the West Coast this month with plans to visit six states and perform at 40 public, private and military-connected middle schools.”

The program fuses hip-hop dance routines and music with interactive science experiments that reflect the everyday impact of physics in everything we do. Students are called up on stage to participate in experiments to get them excited about STEM.

"It is critically important to get middle school-aged students aware of and excited about STEM topics—especially physics. We've seen FMA Live! make the introduction easier," said Donald James, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education.

"Thanks to our collaboration with Honeywell, we're inspiring students to set their sights on future careers in the critical STEM field."

STEM programs are expanding wildly in the education world. With a lot of the negative connotation attached to STEM fields as not being “cool” enough, these programs aim to show kids that STEM can be exciting, fun, hip and cool.

“Each performance focuses on Newton's Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion,” according to the release.

“Named after Newton's Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], FMA Live! uses music videos and interactive scientific demonstrations to teach and inspire students to pursue STEM careers.”

"Many of today's engineering challenges will be solved decades into the future by the next generation of engineers and scientists," said Mike Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions.

"To prepare students to become tomorrow's innovators, Honeywell invests in programs like FMA Live! to ignite that spark of inspiration in fun and relatable ways."

Read the full release here.

Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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