Operation Rocket – Smarter Every Day 39

January 15, 2012 by 46 Comments

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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

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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.

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46 Replies to “Operation Rocket – Smarter Every Day 39”

  1. It's been 2 years since I have been watching your videos. Love the way you explain stuff. Airplanes and rockets, I love them.
    But this video is way different than all other videos. A big salute to you for such a great effort to show those kids their first rocket flight. I hope more and more ppl watch your videos and get curious about Science.
    Thank you Sir.

  2. make all kinds of machines easily accessible all over the world, like robots or example

  3. Karan Anand says:

    "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."
    hatsoff to u man.. this world needs people like you.. Respect

  4. Hemant Kumar says:

    You inspire, Destin and you're indeed doing a wonderful job. Keep it up.

  5. Ahhh, I got a little lump in my throat watching this. I love it!

  6. Destin: I have one question: is the mouse in your logo the great Reepicheep?

  7. Gambian might get to space after all. The UN made a mission plan that countries that have the lowest tier space program (or none at all) get to have an experiment launched on a dream chaser. The date is yet to be confirmed.

  8. Jason Scott says:

    I hope someone from NASA discovers and sees the great teachings you do that inspires people and offers you a free ride.

  9. Why can't you make real science videos, you know with equations, real science: fields, path independence proof in fields, line integrals, etcetra.
    Well, we both know the answer, commercialization.

  10. Adam Watts says:

    Project artist parade largely forever three proper cheap themselves grocery.

  11. Abhimanyu says:

    Great video Destin ! Inspiring.

  12. Zac Richards says:

    Pals Omfg soft really looks deeply aswoundingrecently :[

  13. wtf dude, you risk your career for the sake of education (the smuggling). thumbs up.

  14. Seed A.D says:

    Dustin I hope you gonna have statue in the US and world . get smarter

  15. children in africa could've eaten that…. wait a minute.

  16. Subbu GV says:

    I fired so many rockets during Diwali (Hindu festival) time every year during my childhood days!!! It's sounds funny though.

  17. Several years ago I worked for a grocery store in Philadelphia. I remember one day an Egyptian couple who had just immigrated to the United States came in and saw chocolate milk for the first time. And of course they had all kinds of questions about it: like how it was made and if it was good. Then they bought a gallon of it, and they were so excited.

    Now for me chocolate milk sort of old hat, but for them, it was an amazing new thing they had never seen before. They were probably in their late 20s, but for a few moments they as giddy as little kids about this. And it might seem silly, but this was one of those moments when I realized how sometimes, the things we take for granted, other people find new and fascinating. While it was just an encounter with strangers in a grocery store, it stands out in my memory as a moment when I saw the world around me through someone else's eyes. While rockets are old hat to you, that little boy you pointed out gave a new perspective.

  18. White Satin says:

    You know, if Africa has a renowned space program, you were the one who sparked it.

  19. Ruchit Patel says:

    Hi Destin, that was awsome. I found it really interesting that "to whom much is given, much is required" can be taken in this sense.

    Thank you.

    Let me know how did HE became your hero – i would be interested in hearing.

    And is that Reepicheep at the end of all your videos? If so, i presume you are a friend of Aslan !!!.

  20. Kheran Smith says:

    your awesome man keep up the great work

  21. Blz Ahz says:

    "Ignore the other ones" :[

  22. I am like 10,001! 🙂

    Love this video!

  23. nico soto says:

    Destin you are definitely one of the best men I've ever known, you have really inspired me to get off my a** and contribute to make this a better world

  24. The inspiration is strong in these children XD

  25. Please Destin, do not attempt that smuggle thing into No. Korea. I would miss you!

  26. museluvr says:

    They'll be onto you now, Destin. lol Clever smuggling trick.

  27. Symeon says:

    beautiful message!

  28. Hi Destin, we at CoCreateX turned our bus into a micro makerspace and are traveling the country to help people with projects. Let's meet up!!

  29. Feanon says:

    Do I remember what the first time i saw a rocket was like? no. but i remember the first time i saw one land. and the first time i saw 2 land at once. so i can imagine

  30. Thank you for showing people around what is possible. All sorts of things.

  31. I never thought I would get smarter every day by learning how to smuggle explosives across an international border.

  32. Destin:
    I've always told God that he's got a lot of children in this world that are a whole lot better children of his than I am. People like you have proven me right.

  33. Adam Kennedy says:

    would love to see a follow up on this and see where these kids are now. or where the schools is.

  34. I want to be a rocket designer! thanks for the support!

  35. he is "destin" for great thing hashahshahha

  36. I really love the reaction the kids had

  37. VikingKong says:

    VERY cool! I can't like this video enough! Well done!!

  38. mlt says:

    That was incredibly awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  39. Queen Carter says:

    Oh man the faces on those beautiful children when that rocket went off! So priceless, this just made my day! Thank you!
    Peace&Love&Light to you all! ☮☯️🕉

  40. Mary Lagua says:

    I’m sure it means a lot to them having an experiment.

  41. 😄 Did you sneak rocket motors on your flight?

  42. Mary Lagua says:

    Very true. Much is given much is required.❤️

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