Want to watch a movie and feel you've spent money on something worthwhile? Well
Hidden Figures is the movie for you. Sixth graders at the Lower School went on a field trip to see this historical and inspiring movie.
Based on a true story, Hidden Figures introduces us to three African American women who
accomplished great things in spite of adversity. Kathrine G Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson worked at NASA during the early 1960's, not as cleaners but known as "human computers" and engineers in a segregated environment.
Kathrine G Johnson was a beautiful and brilliant mathematician who calculated the orbit of Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Her friend Dorothy led an African American computing unit and was hired as a supervisor to oversee the new IBM computers. The sassy Mary Jackson was a mathematician with a gift for engineering and eventually became NASA's first female engineer.
Hidden Figures makes for a thrilling mix. There is tension and the thrill of space, the passion of the civil rights movement and friendships which deliver the story's warmth and spirit.