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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.


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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.

30 review for Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy received by the publisher at ALA Covering the same topic in a more research-friendly format, this nonfiction book presents information about black women at NASA in a way that makes it a bit easier to follow the time line. There are also plentiful photographs to support the text, and informative sidebars that explain a variety of topics. I especially liked the last chapter, that talked about the impact of earlier women working at NASA on the state of women in science and technology today. The Copy received by the publisher at ALA Covering the same topic in a more research-friendly format, this nonfiction book presents information about black women at NASA in a way that makes it a bit easier to follow the time line. There are also plentiful photographs to support the text, and informative sidebars that explain a variety of topics. I especially liked the last chapter, that talked about the impact of earlier women working at NASA on the state of women in science and technology today. The appendices are very useful, offering a time line, glossary, resources and an index. I'm definitely looking into some of the other titles in the Hidden Heroes series: The Belles of Baseball, The Muckrakers, and Women with Wings, just for a start!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    This would be an excellent book to share with young women of all ethnicities. It can inspire them all as well as ensure them that women have played a part in history even though it is seldom recognized. It is also a good source of factual material.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    At ALA Midwinter 2017, Duchess Harris spoke to audiences about her book and her legacy as the granddaughter of one of NASA's hidden human computers. Growing up with that story in her family, she was inspired to pursue her own academic and career goals. Now she has co-authored this book that tells the story of those African American women who helped make the Space Race possible. Anyone who has seen the movie "Hidden Figures" has an idea of the prejudice and limitations these women had to deal wit At ALA Midwinter 2017, Duchess Harris spoke to audiences about her book and her legacy as the granddaughter of one of NASA's hidden human computers. Growing up with that story in her family, she was inspired to pursue her own academic and career goals. Now she has co-authored this book that tells the story of those African American women who helped make the Space Race possible. Anyone who has seen the movie "Hidden Figures" has an idea of the prejudice and limitations these women had to deal with, and now this title for young readers makes it an accessible piece of history. Besides the details of the various women who are featured in the account, the archival photos make sure that they are not faceless names in a history book. Sidebars hold numerous extra facts and references. For classes tracing the history of Civil Rights in the US, this is a book that describes the earliest opportunities for education and advancement from the time of the Civil War up to the opening of NASA's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity in 2015. Back matter includes a timeline, Essential Facts (key figures, events, and their impact on society), a glossary, and a list of additional resources.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Content was excellent but sections in an odd font and color. Thin white font on gold background, thin blue font on white background then gold font on white background all in semi glossy paper made it at times difficult to read. I’ve read Margot Lee Shetterlys book Hidden Figures and have seen the movie so I find the topic fascination but this book could’ve been packaged much better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    A great introduction to the black women of NASA and the history of computers (human and electronic). I liked the way historic events were mentioned to help put the women's education and training into perspective.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beth Nienow

    Excellent YA treatment of the NASA "hidden figures." Co-authored by the granddaughter of one of the African American women computers and Macalester professor, Duchess Harris. Interesting to learn of Macalester's Human Computers at NASA digital archive project.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    Facts about the unknown and unsung African American women who worked at NASA.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    Highly readable collective biography of the important roles that African American women had in space exploration research and ultimately space travel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valentina

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zyrell

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mohammad

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Cottrell

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claude Aron

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily Lakdawalla

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  16. 5 out of 5

    C.E. G

    Another great one from this author pairing that teachers and librarians can give to students writing reports.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  18. 4 out of 5

    ami

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mattz

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dara

  21. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Locklear

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Erickson

  23. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnna Mills

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caryl

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin Purcell

    Great book! The history was very interesting and the pictures were great as well. The authors have done an excellent job of explaining what was happening and why during the time. I plan on donating this book to my daughter's middle school.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Klein

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bill Craig

  29. 4 out of 5

    Georgie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sally

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