Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

April 26 | 6:30 pm

Families are encouraged to attend a free screening of the Academy Award nominated film, Hidden Figures, at Omaha North High, 4410 N 36th St. (use main doors; handicapped accessible entrance on north side of main parking lot). Following the screening in the Viking Center, participants are invited to join Omaha North science teachers on the football field to view stars and planets through a telescope.

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 who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.  Known as "human computers," Hidden Figures follows the true life stories of three of these women as they rose through the ranks of NASA and calculated the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and helped guarantee 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 firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

The screening is sponsored by a collaboration of the Omaha STEM Ecosystem, Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences and Omaha Public School Science Department.