Every winter, AB PIP STEM sponsors a STEM book club meeting at the Discovery Museum. This event is appropriate for teens and adults.

2018 STEM Book Club

Please join us at this year's book club, the #1 New York Times bestseller, and participate in a lively discussion of Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

About the Book

Hidden Figures
"The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future."
BookHidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 
TimeFrom 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street, Acton MA
For: Adults and Teens
InfoThe book discussion is sponsored by the Discovery Museum and AB PIP STEM. 
Price: FREE, but preregistration is required. Call 978-264-4200 x20 to register. To borrow the book, contact us by email at actonpip@gmail.com.  
2018 book club