Biography of Dorothy Vaughan courtesy of NASA and Margot Lee Shetterly.
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"Dorothy Vaughan came to the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1943, during the height of World War II, leaving her position as the math teacher at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, VA to take what she believed would be a temporary war job.
Two years after President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802 into law, prohibiting racial, religious and ethnic discriminati...on in the country's defense industry, the Laboratory began hiring black women to meet the skyrocketing demand for processing aeronautical research data. Urgency and twenty-four hour shifts prevailed-- as did Jim Crow laws which required newly-hired "colored" mathematicians to work separately from their white female counterparts. Dorothy Vaughan was assigned to the segregated "West Area Computing" unit, an all-black group of female mathematicians, who were originally required to use separate dining and bathroom facilities. Over time, both individually and as a group, the West Computers distinguished themselves with contributions to virtually every area of research at Langley."
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Author Margot Lee Shetterly discusses "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: While growing up in Hampton, Virigina, Margot Lee Shetterly came to know many of the women who worked there with her father, who was a research assistant. These women included those who would later become the subject of her b...est-selling debut book, "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," which was adapted into a critically acclaimed motion picture. The book tells the little-known story of the "black women who helped win the space race." Shetterly is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellow and recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for research on women in the field of computing.
In celebration of Hidden Figures and NASA, let's get kids excited about STEM.
NASA KIDS CLUB has some great online games and information for kids!
One of the 'Hidden Figures' reflects on her career and her reaction to the dedication of the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in her honor. - Sept. 14, 2017
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Probe the mysteries of meteors and bounce around satellite light in this phenomenal program on space events! See comets up close as one is formed before your eyes....
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As Evans puts it, women contributed to every stage in the development of computing technology: “We're not ancillary; we're central, often hiding in plain sight.”
Operators (all women) plug and unplug cables and adjust switches to program ENIAC, one of the first electronic digital computers.
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Come by and pick up a copy of Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Programs related to the book begin this week.
Thursday Space Storytime 1:00 pm -All Ages
Friday Space Storytime 11:30 am All Ages...
Saturday Space Phenomena with Mad Science 11:00 am Ages 5-12