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April 17, 2007

Honeywell, NASA to bring science education program to area


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Honeywell International and NASA will bring their award-winning FMA Live! science education program to Harrison High School on April 18-19 (Wednesday to Thursday).

The traveling hip hop science group will perform six shows and reach approximately 3,100 students at the school. Students in grades 6-8 from Battle Ground, East Tippecanoe, Klondike, Southwestern, Wainwright, and Wea Ridge middle schools are scheduled to attend performances.

The FMA Live! tour is being brought to West Lafayette in connection with the Honeywell-Nobel Initiative that brought Nobel Prize winner John Hall to the Purdue campus on April 16-17. Hall, scientist emeritus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a fellow with the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado, delivered the keynote address for the Initiative on April 16 in Purdue's Loeb Playhouse. The Honeywell-Nobel Initiative is a global education effort launched in 2006 that is designed to connect students with Nobel Prize winners in chemistry and physics. Purdue is one of only 11 universities worldwide selected to participate in the educational program.

Named for Sir Isaac Newton's second law of motion - force = mass x acceleration - FMA Live! uses professional actors, original songs, music videos and interactive science demonstrations to teach middle school students Newton's three laws of motion and universal law of gravity.

Created by Honeywell and NASA in 2004, FMA Live! has traveled more than 38,000 miles, covering 38 states to reach 125,000 students at over 300 middle schools.

"FMA Live! continues to inspire students to pursue technology related careers," said Tom Buckmaster, president of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "Honeywell is committed to providing students and teachers with programs and experiences that bring science to life in memorable, life-changing ways."

FMA Live! addresses key learning initiatives identified by the National Science Education Standards to increase student interest and participation in the sciences.

During each FMA Live! performance, students, teachers and school administrators interact with three professional actors on stage in front of a live audience to experience Newton's laws firsthand. A large Velcro wall is used to demonstrate inertia; go-carts driven across the stage illustrate action and reaction; and "extreme" wrestling and a huge soccer ball show that force is determined by mass multiplied by acceleration. All three of Newton's laws are demonstrated simultaneously when a futuristic hover chair collides with a gigantic cream pie.

In 2006, FMA Live! received a Yahoo! Big Idea Award, Brandweek's Gold Reggie Award for Best Community Outreach Campaign and was the Diamond Award winner for Best Cause Marketing Campaign. In 2005, FMA Live! received the gold SABRE award and was recognized as the best community relations program worldwide by the Holmes Group. The entire program is funded by Honeywell.

FMA Live! is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative that focuses on four areas of importance: family safety and security; housing and shelter; science and math education; and humanitarian relief. More information on Honeywell Hometown Solutions is available at http://www.Honeywell.com/hhs

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Sources: Jayme Boland, Oasis events account coordinator, (206) 624-0083, jaymeboland@oasisevents.com

Michael Holland, Honeywell, (972) 455-2728, michael.holland@honeywell.com

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Journalists are invited to attend the FMA Live! performances, which will take place from 8:45-9:30 a.m., 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. on April 18-19.

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