After completing her California teaching credential at California State University, Long Beach, Carey Baxter spent the summer of 2014 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of the Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program.

I fell in love with physics in seventh grade when I learned about Newton's laws of motion. In three beautifully simple yet completely profound statements, Newton summed up so much about the macroscopic physical world.

And the idea that the ground pushes up on us just as we push down on it -- mind-blowing! I was hooked.

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