We were really excited when we saw the Cleveland Foundation Center's (@FCCleveland) tweet announcing that the Cleveland Public Library (@Cleveland_PL) and NASA Glenn Research Center (@NASAglenn) would be sponsoring the program NASA From Hidden Figures to Modern Figures on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Having attended and having written previous blog posts about tech events at the Cleveland Public Library and about NASA Glenn Research Center, we knew we needed to clear our calendars to attend this event.
Here is the official notice about the Cleveland Public Library Hidden Figures special event:
More than half a century ago, three brilliant African American women crossed all gender and race barriers to launch John Glenn and the United States into space. Their untold story is now being told in the feature film Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Join NASA and the Cleveland Public Library in celebrating the stellar achievements that allowed America to shoot for the moon and beyond. Enjoy video presentations and a discussion panel featuring female leaders in the field: Dr. Christine Darden, Dr. Carolyn Williams, and Dr. Marla Pérez-Davis. Visitors will also have opportunities to meet NASA subject matter experts and enjoy exciting exhibits, a photo booth and activities for the whole family.
Saturday, January 14 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, Lower Level and Learning Commons, 2nd floor
The Movie: Hidden Figures
It was interesting to hear the reaction of other people at the theater where we saw the movie. The film was very engaging. People were moved to clap and cheer for the characters during different parts of the movie.
We arrived early for some activities before the panel discussion, since a business associate of Stuart's had sent us a more detailed schedule than was provided on the library website. We want to commend the Cleveland Public Library and NASA Glenn Research Center on how they engaged students, both college and high school, by having them hear from NASA (@NASA) employees about their roles within the agency. The NASA Glenn Research Center staff did an excellent job by not only talking about science and engineering positions, but also made a point of suggesting other fields of study, such as accounting and human resources.
The NASA Glenn Research Center staff emphasized the importance of the their internship program as a means to learn more about NASA, and potentially lead to employment. See these web pages for internship information:
NASA Internships at Glenn Research Center
Salary: Stipends are based on students’ academic levels at start of their internships. Undergraduate stipend - $6,000; Graduate stipend - $7,500; Teacher stipend - $10,000.
Here is a NASA Glenn Careers video:
It was great that the library held this part of the event specifically for students. Very impressive!
NASA Hidden Figures Leadership Panel
The NASA Hidden Figures Leadership Panel was moderated by Dr. Carolyn Williams, and consisted Dr. Christine Darden, Dr. Marla Pérez-Davis, and Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr. It was interesting to hear their personal stories about the contributions of women of color working at NASA.
Please click on the image below to read the From Hidden To Modern Figures panel program:
As part of the panel discussion, we learned about the new From Hidden to Modern Figures section of the NASA website, which includes many interesting videos.
Here are our photos from the Saturday, January 14, 2017, NASA and Cleveland Public Library Hidden Figures event.
Tweets & Retweets
Hidden Figures // Modern Figures >> Hear from women that propell and innovate at Cleveland Public Library 1/14 https://t.co/6mQH1Qxuxn— FoundationCenter CLE (@FCCleveland) January 5, 2017
#HiddenFigures might be the best, most enjoyable, most vital film of the year. No sarcasm. It is a pure celebration of science and equality.— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) January 9, 2017
@NASAglenn I'll be there— Tom Kunsman (@tkunsman) January 8, 2017
Don't miss it this Saturday! https://t.co/yA0FKNW7I8— FoundationCenter CLE (@FCCleveland) January 10, 2017
@sos_jr the book is on my to-read list!— Monina Wagner (@MoninaW) January 14, 2017
@sos_jr Enjoy the talk tomorrow, Stuart! I saw the movie last weekend. And yes, there was clapping during the movie.— DeborahEdwards-Onoro (@redcrew) January 14, 2017
See you there! https://t.co/UZUQIzKM31— FoundationCenter CLE (@FCCleveland) January 12, 2017
A black man practically danced out of Hidden Figures and called it the most joyous film he's ever seen.— Eric H Schneider (@ImEricSchneider) January 15, 2017
This happened on my way into the theater. He also yelled "black women did that!"— Eric H Schneider (@ImEricSchneider) January 15, 2017
This was hands down the most inspirational thing that I've witnessed in years.— Eric H Schneider (@ImEricSchneider) January 15, 2017
Also, Hidden Figures is one of the best films and is now required viewing for everyone.— Eric H Schneider (@ImEricSchneider) January 15, 2017
Saw #HiddenFigures and loved it! We've never needed this movie more than now.— Quinn Bennett (@harleBee) January 15, 2017
Related Blog Posts
Please learn more by reading our related blog posts about NASA and tech events at the Cleveland Public Library:
Blog Date: July 18, 2016 - NASA Glenn Research Center 75th Anniversary Open House
Blog Date: November 15, 2016 - Cleveland Mini Maker Faire 2016
Blog Date: May 1, 2014 - 2014 Cleveland Mini Maker Faire
Blog Date: February 13, 2014 - GCPCUG Field Trip: TechCentral MakerSpace
Blog Date: January 16, 2014 - Cleveland's TechCentral MakerSpace Grand Opening
Blog Date: March 9, 2012 - Cleveland NASA Tweetup
Here are events we wrote about in which NASA participated:
Blog Date: May 3, 2016 - Earth Day Coalition's EarthFest 2016
Blog Date: December 1, 2015 - CWRU think[box] Thinkapalooza!
Blog Date: February 19, 2015 - LaunchHouse Accelerator Expo (LHXPO) 2015
Blog Date: September 26, 2013 - IngenuityFest 2013 Preview Party!
Also, here are some blog posts we wrote about tech events at other area libraries. We are very fortunate to have these resources in our community.
Blog Date: November 28, 2016 - Akron Mini Maker Faire 2016
Blog Date: April 6, 2016 - CDPUG Tour of Cuyahoga County Public Library's New Innovation Center
Blog Date: October 7, 2015 - Web Vulnerability » Akron Maker Faire » Launch League SpaceWalk
Blog Date: November 25, 2013 - Akron Mini Maker Faire & SYN/HAK The Akron Hackerspace Open House
We also want to give a special thanks to Tom Kunsman (@tkunsman) for sending us a link to the upcoming NASA Glenn Tours. Stuart has been following @tkunsman on Twitter since seeing the great information Tom shared at the NASA Glenn Research Center 75th Anniversary Open House and other events. We were glad to finally meet him in person at the library event, and to learn that he now volunteers for NASA Glenn Research Center, sharing his knowledge with others. We recommend following @tkunsman on Twitter.