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A side-by-side photo showing Katherine Johnson in 1966 and when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Informal Education


Careers, History, Mathematics, Physical Science, Biographies, Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Measurement and Data Analysis, Numbers and Operations, Problem Solving, Physics


Lesson Plans / Activities

In the 1960s, the U.S. was on an ambitious journey to the moon, and Katherine Johnson and her fellow human computers helped get NASA there. Bring the excitement of their story to your classroom with the NASA Modern Figures Toolkit.

The NASA Modern Figures Toolkit is a collection of resources and educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity and resource includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to education standards. Resources highlighted include videos, historical references and STEM materials.

NASA Modern Figures Toolkit

NASA Modern Figures Interactive Toolkit

NASA Modern Figures Toolkit Handout

NASA Modern Figures Toolkit – Print Version for Tabloid Size Paper

From Hidden Figures to Modern Figures Bookmark and Minibiography​

Biographies of Katherine Johnson for Students

Who Was Katherine Johnson? (Grades K-4)

Who Was Katherine Johnson? (Grades 5-8)