A group of LVS Oxford students were recently given a special preview of the inspiring untold space race story Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of three African-American women who played a pivotal role in the birth of NASA’s space program.
The trip gave students the opportunity to practice their social skills on a trip out, such as using public transport, going into town and being part of a public event amongst a crowd of people they didn’t know.
As well as the social skills that learners were able to develop, they were also able to practice engaging with something for a long period of time which can be difficult for some students with autism.
Neil Barker, Tutor and Subject Leader in maths, organised the trip for his tutor group. He said: “It was an interesting film for the students to see as it dealt with the prejudice that African-American women experienced back then. In the end it has a powerful, positive message. Dorothy, Mary and Katherine were persistent, resilient and brilliant women who, despite numerous societal barriers, exercised their mathematical and mechanical skills as part of the NASA team that engineered astronaut John Glenn's first orbit around the Earth. Their achievements deserve to be celebrated and I think it is still important for today’s young people to be reminded that science, technology, engineering and maths subjects are for everyone.”
Morgan Callaghan, LVS Oxford learner, adds “The film was very inspiring and it’s a powerful message”.
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