It’s FMA Live! and everything’s in motion

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“Everything’s in motion” shouted out JJ, Eric and Katie as they performed a high energy hip hop dance at Washington Technology Middle School in St. Paul on April 16 and 17. They were here with FMA Live! a show that travels cross-country to promote Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion.

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FMA Live! is sponsored by NASA and Honeywell, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Community Outreach, and it is intended to promote students’ interest in math and science and to help them better understand the concepts to allow them to perform better on the MCA tests.

The high tech presentation had the students cheering and applauding the interactive experiments, the dazzling light and the slides, The show has traveled 70,000 miles around the country performing for over 200,000 students in 500 schools. At Washington, over 2000 students in grades five through 8 attended during the two day period. They came from public and private schools from St. Paul, Roseville, Minneapolis and South Washington County schools.

Dan Sheflin is chief technology officer for Honeywell Automation Control Solutions. He said “ We need to inspire kids early to encourage them to go on to study technology and engineering and science in college.” He said, “ with the new president encouraging engineering and technology it is important for kids to get inspired and see these as good careers.”

Mary Thoemke, a lifelong resident of Saint Paul, is a free lance writer for the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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