Posted: Wed, 11/10/2021 - 12:52 pm EST
I know I'm a bit behind here, but I've finally read Hidden Figures. How inspiring to learn that about first "computers"--black women in the 1940s! I'm going to watch the movie this weekend. I hear its a go-to for many computer science teachers to teach a little CS history and remind students that they are ALL capable of computer science--regardless of gender, race, etc.
It took some digging, but I found some CS lessons related to the movie! Journeys in Film has an entire curriculum, but lesson 6 here on page 97 is programming-related. I think it also connects nicely to the CSP questions related to the impact of computing.
If you're ok shifting away from coding to focusing on history and math a bit, there are plenty of other related Hidden Figures curricular resources. Here are a few I liked:
- NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/modernfigures_handout_print.pdf
- AIP Center for History of Physics: https://www.aip.org/sites/default/files/history/teaching-guides/johnson-human-computer-haynes/West%20Area%20Computers_Lesson%20Plan.pdf
- Lipscomb University: https://www.lipscomb.edu/sites/default/files/2018-12/Hidden%20Figures%20resources%20and%20plans%20for%20Middle%20School.pdf