Ninety students and staff from Ingham State High School were recently treated to a night out to the movies funded by the Queensland STEM Education Network and organised by the James Cook University Mathematics team.
Students watched “Hidden Figures”, a movie based on true events of a team of mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. It wasn’t extraordinary to have many mathematicians and engineers at NASA in the 1960s, but what makes this trio particularly unique is they were female and African-American.
Feedback from the High School students and staff members was positive, describing Hidden Figures as inspiring, motivating, educational and entertaining.
Ingham High School extended a big thank you to the Queensland STEM Education Network and the James Cook University Mathematics team for organising and funding the movie night and for the continued support of promoting mathematics to students in the region.