A special screening of the award-winning film “Hidden Figures” was held at Century 20 Great Mall Theater on Jan. 24 to encourage girls and minority students to consider careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Lockheed Martin invited members from Breakthrough Silicon Valley and Jack and Jill of America Inc. to attend a private screening of the movie to connect young girls interested in science and engineering with the company’s aerospace systems employees. Lockheed Martin employees and their children joined the children from the groups for the screening.
Before they watched the powerful story unfold on-screen, the students had a chance to connect with and ask questions of talented professionals involved with space exploration innovations here in the Bay Area.
“Hidden Figures,” which has been nominated for numerous awards including three Oscars, two Golden Globes and won the Screen Actors Guild’s best cast award, tells the story of three 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. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson helped restore the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
“Today’s 9 to 12 year olds are a part of the generation that will go to Mars. Getting to Mars and maintaining our nation’s technological advantage depends on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent,” Lockheed Martin said in a written statement.
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