On January 28, 2017, Elizabeth City RiverCity YouthBuild students attended a private screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” at the Gateway Cinema. RiverCity YouthBuild partnered with Elizabeth City State University's (ECSU) Pathways in Mathematics Education and Remote Sensing (PiMERS) grant, a project funded through NASA Minority University Research and Education (MUREP), to cover the admission of the students.

The movie is based on the book “Hidden Figures," which was written by Hampton native Margot Lee Shetterly. The movie focuses on three real-life African-American women who worked for NASA as mathematicians and helped send the first American into space.

"This is especially important for the youth to see since the historic events took place  at NASA Langley Research Center" Dr. Linda Hayden, of ECSU said.  The hope  is that this event inspires students to achieve the unimaginable and realize the importance of STEM education.





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