Ballerina Michaela DePrince’s Remarkable Journey | Megyn Kelly | NBC News

Ballerina Michaela DePrince’s Remarkable Journey | Megyn Kelly | NBC News

From war orphan in Sierra Leone to a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet, Michaela DePrince has beaten extraordinary odds to succeed in the cut-throat world of ballet.

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  • wally n  On 06/28/2021 at 5:08 pm

    Complete article is well worth reading..

    NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson
    NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson is photographed at her desk at Langley Research Center in 1966.
    Credits: NASA
    Katherine Johnson
    In 2016, a building at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia was named in honor of Katherine Johnson.
    Credits: NASA/David C. Bowman

    This article is part of the NASA Knows (Grades K-4) series.

    Katherine Johnson loved math. Early in her career, she was called a “computer.” She helped NASA put an astronaut into orbit around Earth. And then she helped put a man on the Moon.

    What Was Katherine Johnson’s Early Life Like?
    As a young girl, Katherine loved to count. She counted everything. She would count the number of steps she took to the road. She counted the steps into church. She even counted the forks and plates when she washed the dishes.

    Katherine loved to learn. She loved learning math the most. Katherine went through school quickly. She started high school when she was just 10 years old!

    When she was 15, Katherine began college. She took classes to become a mathematician. That is someone who is an expert in math. She learned how to solve big problems by using math, especially geometry. Geometry is a kind of math that uses lines, shapes and angles. Katherine studied hard. She graduated from college when she was 18.

    What Did She Do After College?
    After college, Katherine became a teacher. She taught school until she got married and had children. When her husband became very sick, she started teaching again to support her family.

    When Katherine was 34, she heard that NACA (later called NASA) was hiring African American women to solve math problems. These workers were called “computers.” Katherine applied for one of the jobs, but the jobs were already taken. Still, she did not give up. She applied again the next year, and this time NACA hired her. She worked with a large group of women who were all computers like she was.

    But Katherine was different from the other human computers. She asked a lot of questions. She wanted to learn more about her work and about NASA. So she started going to meetings. Before Katherine, only men attended these meetings. She changed that! She learned so much that she left her job as a computer. She became a team member who worked on different space projects for NASA.

    What Did She Do for NASA?
    In 1962, the United States decided to send people to the Moon. That was big news. Getting to and from the Moon would take a lot of work. As the U.S. space agency, NASA would have to solve many, many problems. ……

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