Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

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  • I present this Presidential Medal of Freedom award to Katherine Johnson!
  • ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Katherine Johnson
  • CONNECTIONS
  • How can you relate to me Lisette?
  • Well, in math class right now we are learning geometry. I heard that you studied how to calculate space travel with geometry.
  • LEGACY
  • Wow!
  • I just figured out the paths for the spacecraft to orbit.
  • When Katherine was 97 years old, Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom honor. When she was just 13, she was already attending high school. When NASA was preparing for the orbital mission, Johnson was asked to do some of the work on it and that's what she became most known for.
  • Katherine studied how to use geometry for space travel, right now I'm am learning geometry. Katherine never gave up, she battled segregated bathrooms and much more. People treated her awfully just because of the color of her skin. This is a connection to me because school can be hard, but I never give up.
  • Because of Katherine, we can send people to the moon and back safely. She worked extremely hard to do this. People often remember her because of her amazing math skills. A bunch of people know her as "the human-computer."
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