Terry Gaule is overseeing a rocket mission.
His team: a classroom full of 14 and 15 year old kids from Grand Rapids.
The mission: to build balloon-powered, Styrofoam rocket carts that will shoot across the floor.
The ultimate goal: learn the laws of the universe.
"The rocket is going to demonstrate Newton’s Third Law of Motion," says Gaule. "For every force, there’s another force that’s equal in magnitude but opposite in direction."
Newton’s Third Law. Action, reaction.
This class itself, this whole summer program, is a reaction. A reaction to a big problem - the problem that kids from low-income families tend to do worse in school than kids from families with more money. The achievement gap problem.