Observance and Celebration of the Vital Role of Women in American History
March is Women’s History Month—commemorating and encouraging the study of the role women have played in American History. NASA’s From Hidden to Modern Figures teaches about the women who made significant contributions to the development of the NASA space program. Resources include written and video biographies of Katherine Johnson (research mathematician), Mary Jackson (aeronautical engineer), and Dorothy Vaughan (mathematician), who were instrumental in many of NASA’s missions, including the first orbit of Earth. In addition to the profiles of Johnson, Jackson, and Vaughan, nearly a dozen other women are featured in the Modern Figures video library.
To support teachers in using the resources, NASA offers a Modern Figures Toolkit that includes eightlesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. The lessons cover such topics as the effect of gravity on orbit, calculation of launch windows, Moon phases, and design of landing equipment. The toolkit also includes a freely downloadable bookmarkfeaturing photos of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, as well as a minibiography of Katherine Johnson. The back of the bookmark briefly explains how NASA strives to continue a legacy of inclusion and excellence.
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