This week, EVO went to the movies! Instead of our regular Tuesday class, we met our students at the cinema in downtown New Haven to see Hidden Figures. Based on the true story of NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, the movie chronicles the women’s hard-won triumphs in segregated 1960s Virginia. These women were integral to the success of John Glenn’s mission on the Friendship 7 - America’s first manned orbital flight - and went on to perform key calculations for future missions, including the first moon landing! As a critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated movie that highlights the forgotten achievements of Black women in STEM, we felt Hidden Figures was an important film for our students to see.
Their verdict? “It was awesome.” There you have it - make seeing Hidden Figures a priority before it leaves theaters!