Science Show Uses Hip-Hop, Comedy to Explain Physics

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Hundreds on middle school students cheering for science?

It might not be too surprising if you saw students running and jumping onto Velcro walls and faculty members dressed as sumo wrestlers trying to knock each other down Wednesday in Columbia.

It may see a bit extreme, but it is all to teach some lessons in Newton's three laws of motion.

"Interesting and fun, it was cool how they explained everything," said 12-year-old Brandon Darby.

Darby already knows science will get him where he wants to go.

"I want to be an inventor. I want to invent things that people can use in their everyday lives, such as robots or a smart TV or tubes that can take you places," said Darby.

But for those who are not sure about what science and math mean for them outside of books, the "FMA Live" show gives them a fun way to learn and apply those lessons to things they love.

"I like basketball, so I was thinking if I create a shoe or something, it can be based on science," said 11-year-old Maryah Lance. "You could push off and get better height instead of just jumping and not getting high off the ground."

Dea Jones is the lead teacher of the school's new STEM institute, now in its first year. She brought the show to Summit Parkway Middle.

"We want the children to see that science and math and technology and engineering is vital, and at the same time interesting, and fun and things that they can do," said Jones.

And if cheers are a measure of success, the show has earned a passing grade at the school.

The show is sponsored by NASA and Honeywell and travels across the country.

The South Carolina stops feature a special message from NASA administrator and Midlands native, Charles Bolden.


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