I’m not a movie girl. I can’t seem to sit still long enough. However, I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out for a while and the book is next on my reading list. Hidden Figures is the true story of the days before electrical computers when people were the computers. (Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!)
Hidden Figures gives the opportunity to see behind the scenes of some of the most important events in NASA history and in the acceptance of women and minorities into STEM fields. It tells how, in the face of racism and sexism, black female mathematicians completed the calculations that were essential to send our first astronauts safely into space and back.
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Unit Study Resources
Hidden Figures would make a great basis for a unit study. It has history, literature, STEM, and other aspects that appeal to students. Use these links below as a guide.
The Hidden Figures movie was based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly It is, also, available in a young readers edition. The book is based on actual events and written after extensive research by the author, including interviews with as many actual participants as possible.
You can read the book before or after the movie. Use these literature study notebooking pages from NotebookingPages.com as you read and use venn diagrams like these to compare and contrast the book and the movie.
- Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden biography lesson plans and links
- Mary Jackson Biography
- Katherine Johnson Biography
- Dorothy Vaughan Biography
- Human Computers: The Women Of NASA
- Women In Mathematics History
- The Untold History Of Women In Science And Technology
- NASA has its own Hidden Figures Took Kit full of resources
- Space Math
- Rocket Science Math
- Space exploration STEM activities
More Movie Study Ideas
Lots of movies can be educational. They can teach about other cultures, geography, history and more. iHomeschool Network has put together a list of resources to turn great movies into fun unit studies.