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You probably don’t remember learning about “Hidden Figures” Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan in school. Well, thanks to Journeys in Film, the untold story of the three African American women mathematicians who helped NASA win the space race, is set to enter the classroom. Dedicated to using film to advance education, the non-profit organization has created eight corresponding interdisciplinary lesson plans for middle school and high school students.
Its website explains, “Grounded in the empowerment of women in historical and contemporary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) leadership, Journeys in Film’s Hidden Figures curriculum guide highlights the persistence of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson to achieve their goals despite the discriminatory biases of colleagues and community members and rise as leaders in the fields of mathematics and engineering.”
“Their lives model vital lessons in confidence, structural equity and academic excellence that apply to all students to take flight with today.”
Within the eight lessons plans, students have the opportunity to explore science, history, math, career readiness, programming, and film literacy as it directly relates to “Hidden Figures”.
To top it off, the curriculum guide is available free of charge and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is set to provide eligible U.S. high schools with a complimentary DVD copy of the film.
What are you waiting for? Download the curriculum guide here.