The Cerro Coso Community College Math Department will be hosting a screening of the movie Hidden Figures followed by a discussion on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the College Gymnasium. The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true story of three of these women, known as “human computers”, the film follows these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. Written by 20th Century Fox.
The community is invited to bring a blanket or comfortable chair to sit on and join this educational screening and discussion in a comfortable setting. Paid for by the Student Development Fund admission is FREE.