Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

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Hidden Human Computers discusses how in the 1950s, black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation's astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
BISACS JNF018040, JNF007110, JNF053140
Genre Nonfiction
Subject History
Copyright 2017
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Essential Library
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Season 2017-01-01
ISBN 9781680783872, 9781680797404
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 629.45
Graphics 2-color photographs
Dimensions 6.25 x 9.25
Lexile 1080
Guided Reading Level X
ATOS Reading Level 7.7
ATOS Interest Level MG+
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 187975
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Glossary of key words, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Timeline of key events
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Hidden Heroes – Booklist Top 10 Series Nonfiction 2018

Women and minority groups overlooked by history take center stage in this essential series. From female baseball players to Native Americans demanding change to the African American women who were human computers for NASA—these are all stories that need to be told

Hidden Heroes - School Library Connection

This series highlights citizens who, despite challenges and substantial sacrifices, chose to forego their own personal aspirations in order to devote time and effort to benefit society. Each volume includes b&w and color photographs and illustrations, as well as essential facts on important figures, key works, social impacts, and a pertinent quote. This series is a necessary acquisition for secondary school libraries. Recommended

Hidden Human Computers: Black Women of NASA (Hidden Heroes) – Booklist

STARRED For students wanting to know more about the African American female NASA workers depicted in the movie Hidden Figures, there’s just such a volume in the Hidden Heroes series. Because some readers may associate computer with machines, the authors give a thorough explanation of how humans were first used as computers to solve difficult mathematical and physics problems before today’s computers were invented. After identifying early black women pioneers in math and science, the book focuses on how WWII created opportunities for black women to serve as computers in the defense industry and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became NASA. It describes the roles of these groundbreaking computers, as well as the double discrimination they encountered as women and as African Americans. Archival photos and sidebars enhance the appealing text, which concludes with a brief look at black women who made more advances as astronauts. Extensive back matter, including a time line, facts, additional resources, and a glossary, extend the research value. An essential purchase for STEM collections.

Hidden Heroes – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

A look at people who by dint of determination and skill shaped social, political, and professional arenas but typically have received little or no attention for their efforts. The coverage is thorough. Content includes not only details about what the featured groups did and why but also significant backstory…The writing is matter-of-fact and unbiased. In The Stonewall Riots, the violence perpetrated by police against protestors is addressed along with the reaction of the protestors. The illustrations consist of archival drawings and photos. . . . The material is solid. Good selections for libraries looking for U.S. history that has often gone unacknowledged.