On Thursday 9th February 2017, 14 Key Stage 5 students from both the Media and Science departments attended an advanced screening and panel session for the 2016 hit film ‘Hidden Figures’.
‘Hidden Figures’ tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
This film is seminal in telling the stories of those who would be forgotten, in allowing our modern society to understand the barriers and boundaries that faced the scientific community over half a century ago. ‘Hidden Figures’ also explores the incredible courage that these three women endured in an era of civil unrest surrounding segregation.
The film also has a profound message to all those with dreams and aspirations, in that, no matter what challenges lay ahead of you, you should always strive to be the first. This prominent message was then carried through with a Q&A panel session. The session was made up of 6 incredible, influential and pioneering female scientists from across the country who want nothing more than for the young people in the audience to follow their dreams.