Biography: Hidden Figures – The Women who Changed NASA Forever – Monday – Spring 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 7
Monday, April 17 2023 @ 3:00PM – Monday, June 19 2023 @ 4:30PM EDT
Grade/Level:5 – 7
Day of Week:Monday
Class Times:3:00PM – 4:30PM (ET)
- Monday, April 17 2023 @ 3:00PM EDT
- Monday, June 19 2023 @ 4:30PM EDT
- Event Categories:
- Science / Engineering, Social Studies / History / Geography, Writing / Literature / Grammar
- Event Tags:
- elementary, Eva Goldstein-Meola, History, Literature, Middle School, multi-disciplinary, Science, Spring 2023
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rulers, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Hidden Figures is the powerful story of four African American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program; however, until now, did not receive the credit they deserved.
This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
In this multi-disciplinary class, students will analyze and discuss the novel while incorporating historical events and learning about the science and math the female NASA heroines used! At home, students will keep an interactive notebook where they will record their thoughts and non-fiction information about this amazing time in history.
BONUS: If available, Aerospace Engineer, Shayna Hume, PhD Candidate, will visit class sharing her experiences as a female engineer, who has worked with NASA!
The class will be a combination of reading comprehension, discussion, lecture, interactive notebooks, writing, and projects (timeline and map).
BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE TOPIC, STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO READ AHEAD OF THE CLASS.
Students will receive approximately two to two and a half hours of homework weekly in the form of reading, keeping an interactive notebook and writing (informal journaling).
NOTE: Registration deadline is April 1, 2023.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.
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