Students learn about physics through NASA, Honeywell hip hop course

Students in east Houston are learning about the basic principles of physics through hip hop and high energy, visual activities
March 8, 2014 8:31:04 PM PST
NASA and the Honeywell Corporation are teaming up to get more young people interested in science. The space agency and the technology company have put together a traveling show called Hip-Hop Physics.

It is not your typical science class. Woodland Acres Middle School students are learning about the basic principles of physics through hip hop and high energy, visual activities.

The lesson comes courtesy of "FMA Live!" -- a program named for Sir Isaac Newton's second law of motion (force = mass x acceleration). It's fun but it's also more than that; it's a lesson that will stick.

"The kids can get involved and enjoy it. It's something that they can enjoy and learn at the same time and retain information instead of just reading it out of a book in the classroom," show captain John James said.

"There's actions that you can show them in stead of reading something and maybe they'll forget," student Paul Zermeno said.

They won't soon forget this.

"The kids had a lot of fun, and they got to learn exactly what we're teaching now, which is forces, motion and acceleration," teacher Jessica Villagomez said.

It's a joint venture between NASA and Honeywell, and the program travels around the country trying to inspire a new generation of scientists.

"They did fun activities that made it easier to understand how they acted," student Abigail Rodriguez said.

Organizers tell us the United States still ranks as the world's largest supplier of scientists and engineers, but that lead is declining, and they hope this will make a difference.

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