What is your plan to help educate the future generation appreciate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? -Post this to Facebook by clicking here: http://on.fb.me/OperationRocket
Watch the girls on the far right at 2:10. They had no idea what a rocket was. Happy Principal at 2:42 on the far left.
The Gambia is the smallest country on the African Mainland. We went to a basic school and "performed an experiment" to measure the winds up in the sky. The teachers, children, and the principal loved it.
The location of the school was deep into the heart of The Gambia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farafenni
The custom music was created by "A Shell In The Pit".
The song used is "Rockets" by "A Shell In The Pit". Download it here:
Stevo was living in The Gambia while he served in the US Peace Corps. No laws were broken to get the Rockets to the School. I mailed them months in advance LEGALLY. They were in a book because the Gambian postal workers have a nasty habit of stealing things they want. Books are pretty good camouflage!
We couldn't motivate kids to come out and watch, so we shot the first rocket for a small group of kids. After hearing the rocket and all their friends screaming and laughing they came running. The principal then instructed me to give an impromptu lesson on what rockets are, and why they are used to the whole school. While I gave the lesson, Stevo taught all the teachers how to reload and fire the rockets. In all, we did three shots and left the materials with the teachers for another day. The science teacher in particular was so excited he couldn't stop thanking us. He said getting the kids motivated about science education was difficult for him because of how many real world hardships the kids had. The Rockets being launched at the school was the talk of the town for several days. Kids who didn't show up to school that day were sad they had skipped. Many more showed up after that, which was part of the goal.... to get people excited about education in general.
Here is another video of someone else teaching well recieved STEM materials in The Gambia.
Instead of saving for my kids' college, I make videos using the money I would have saved.
The thought is it will help educate the world as a whole, and one day generate enough revenue to pay for their education. Until then if you appreciate what you've learned in this video and the effort that went in to it, please share the video. If you REALLY liked it, feel free to pitch a few dollars towards their college fund by clicking here:
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