Fifty-two years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. After decades of space travel seeming to slow down, NASA and the corporate space industry are undertaking new missions. But to get there, we’ll need to address the shortage of students interested in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — and who want to undertake the careers necessary to push mankind further into the universe.
This film shows genuine portraits of a diverse group of students who are actively participating in the Zero Robotics program. They’re more than just kids. They’re our future in space.
Taking place in San Jose, CA, Zero Gravity is all about Tanner Marcoida, a young teacher who is trying to prepare his students for tomorrow by entering them in the nationwide Zero Robotics competition. Three of those students — Carol Gonzalez, Advik Gonugunta and Adrien Engelder — work their way to the ISS Finals Tournament with the mission of programming free-flying satellites aboard the International Space Station called SPHERES. If they succeed, the knowledge they’ve pioneered will be executed by actual astronauts in orbit and it could one day help us get to Mars.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with space and our place in the cosmos, but I never imagined I would ever be able to get there. These students not only took me with them on their journey to the stars, they left me with a renewed sense of hope for the future,” said Thomas Verrette, the director, producer and editor of this documentary. “It’s our job to prepare and inspire this generation to build a bridge to a brighter future — they will be the ones who take the next giant leap for mankind. At 11 years old, they’ve already touched space, and I can’t wait to see where they take us next.”
Zero Gravity is currently playing film festivals. We’ll update this post when it begins streaming. You can learn more at the official site.