Physics. Just the name of that subject has elicited groans from many a student over the years. They claim it’s boring, hard to understand, not relevant. But that perception is changing thanks to a collaborative effort between NASA Education and Honeywell Hometown Solutions called FMA Live! Forces in Motion.

The production

Named for Sir Isaac Newton's second law of motion (Force = Mass x Acceleration) the traveling show features NASA content, high-energy dancers, original songs, music videos and interactive science demonstrations to teach middle school students Newton's three laws of motion and the universal law of gravity. It is the only nationally touring, multi-media, science-education production of its kind.

"Inspiring students to pursue STEM studies, and eventually careers, is critically important to NASA, the aerospace industry and our nation as a whole."

Since its inception in 2004, the show has been inspiring students across the nation—almost half a million. It is another example of the success that NASA has achieved in fostering greater student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by making learning engaging and energetic and by working with committed, like-minded partners.

Run of show

"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. 

The show generally runs just under an hour, but in that short span many students get hooked, as evidenced by their chanting of the show’s theme: “Motion, motion, everything’s in motion—including you and me!” as they exit their school gymnasium or auditorium. Their energy is contagious and rewarding. Inspiring students to pursue STEM studies, and eventually careers, is critically important to NASA, the aerospace industry and our nation as a whole.

Each semester, the FMA Live! visits a different geographical region of the United States. The fall 2015 tour will begin in Minneapolis and travel down the central part of the country. Teachers, schools and districts can submit a request to host a future show. While there are technical venue requirements, there is no charge for a FMA Live! show.