Black History Month: Hidden figures

By Mr. Setchell on Friday, October 13, 2017 in British Values, Community, Computing, History, Maths, Science, STEM. No Comments

When we think about history, some of the most inspiring stories come from recent times.

‘Hidden Figures’ is a film based on the true story of three brilliant African-American mathematicians – Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson. They worked at NASA in the 1950s and ’60s making the important calculations that helped launch the spaceflight program.

Here are two questions for you to think about:

Why do you think the film was called ‘Hidden Figures’?

What does a mathematician look like?


Katherine Johnson

Mary Jackson

Dorothy Vaughn


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