The Hidden Figures
This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete.
There are two videos to choose from about the Hidden Figures of Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden & Dorothy Vaughn. The brilliant mathematicians behind the Apollo missions and the race to the moon. Watch them both and then watch the movie that was made about them!
The video above is the trailer for the film.
Here is the link to rent or buy the whole film. Perhaps you can watch it for family movie night!
Choose an activity
Biography of Hidden figures Project
Now it’s time to dig a little deeper. One of the problems with movies about history is that they often make changes in order to tell the story in a more interesting way. If you watched the Hidden Figures movie, make sure you watch the above video for a breakdown of ten things they got right… and wrong.
Next, spend a little more time reading, or watching videos about the women featured in Hidden Figures. Then, create a biography project about one or more of them.
Here is a basic biography template for you to download and fill in.
Use the videos above, the books below, and other research online or through your library to discover all of the interesting facts of the Hidden Figures lives and scientific work.
Save your written biography of the Hidden Figures for your portfolio.
Books About the hidden figures
Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.