Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Inspiring every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to care.

Return to Headlines

Hidden Figures provide inspiration for Black History Month


For the school’s celebration of Black History month Buchanan teacher Sonia Williams & her fifth graders learned about the contributions made by several unsung heroes of NASA’s early space program as portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures.” 

Students researched the women and learned how their work in the “Calculation Room” at NASA helped launch the country's first ventures into space.


  • Margaret Hamilton, computer scientist: Hamilton developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions, and popularized the modern concept of software
  • Katherine Johnson, mathematician and space scientist: Johnson's achievements include calculating and verifying the trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs, including Apollo 11 - the mission that put humans on the moon
  • Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer: Roman was one of the first female executives at NASA, and is known as the 'Mother of Hubble.' She helped plan the Hubble Space Telescope, and developed NASA's astronomy research program.
  • Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, and entrepreneur: Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992