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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Local students remember pioneering mathematician Katherine Johnson

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Local students remember pioneering mathematician Katherine Johnson
Local students remember pioneering mathematician Katherine Johnson

The world of science is mourning the loss of pioneering black mathematician Katherine Johnson.

She worked on NASA's early space missions and was portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures".

Her contributions inspired young minds here in WNY.

AS WE MENTIONEDJUST A SHORT TIMEAGO...THE WORLD OFSCIENCE IS MOURNINGTHE LOSS OFPIONEERING BLACKMATHEMATICIAKATHERINEJOHNSON...SHE WORKED ONNASA'S EARLY SPACEMISSIONS AND WASPORTRAYED IN THEFILM "HIDDENFIGURES"... WHICWAS ABOUT BLACKWOMEN WORKING INTHE AEROSPACEINDUSTRY.TONIGHT 7EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER TAYLOREPPS LOOKS AT THEIMPACT THISINCREDIBLE WOMANHAS LEFT BEHIND..RIGHT HERE INWESTERN NEW YORK..MEET THE BUFF-SCI-BORGS..A GROUPSTUDENTS FROM THEBUFFALO ACADEMY OFSCIENCE..SUMYA "WE'RE PART OFTHE BUILDINGPROCESS AND THECODING AND MAKINGTHE ROBOT MOVE."MS. TABOR "WEDESIGN, BUILDPROGRAM AND THENCOMPETE WITH THEROBOT AND MY GIRARE AMAZING AT IT."THESE GIRLS ALLSTUDYSTEM..SCIENCE,TECHNOLOGY,ENGINEERING ANDMATH..WHICH IS STILL AMALE-DOMINATEDFIELD.MS. TABOR "WOMENARE EXTRAORDINARILYUNDERREPRESENTEDIN THE STEM FIELD IDON'T KNOW WHY.SOME OF OUR GIRLSARE JUST BRILLIANT."SUMYA "I KIND OF WANTTO PROVE A POINT YOUKNOW?

BECAUSE I'MALSO A GIRL OF COLOR,I WANTED TO PROVETHAT I COULD DO IT."JUST LIKE KATHERINJOHNSON..ONE OFTHE FIRST AFRICANAMERICAN WOMEN TOWORK FOR NASA.SHE'S A PIONEERTHE STEM FIELD..YOU MAY REMEMBERHER STORY FROM THEMOVIE HIDDFIGURES..ALIFA "SHE IS GENIUS.REALLY GENIUS.ACCORDING TO NASA,JOHNSON PASSEDAWAY MONDAYMORNING..MS. TABOR "SHE PAVEDTHE WAY FOR WOMENTO COME INTO STEMFIELDS AND TO EXCEL.SHE'S JUST A HERO TOANYBODY.IVELIS "WITHOUT HERGIRLS WOULDN'TREALLY GET NOTICEDMUCH."TAYLOR "KATHERINEJOHNSON SERVES AS ACONSTANTINSPIRATION FORTHESE STUDENTS.JUST TAKE A LOOK ATHOW THEY DECORATEDTHE CLASSROOMDOOR."ALIFA "I THINK SHE ISLIKE ONE OF THEGREATEST WOMEN ANDSHE SETS THEEXAMPLE FOR HOWGIRLS CAN ROCK."SUMYA "THANK YOUFOR DOING WHAT YOUDID.

FIGHTING AND NOTGIVING UP AND GIVINGUS THE OPPORTUNITYTO DO WHAT WE CANDOMS. TABOR "SHE DID IT,SHE PERSEVERED, SHEDIDN'T GIVE UP ANDTHAT'S WHAT I TELL MYGIRLS.

YOU DON'TQUIT."IN BUFFALO, TAYLOREPPS, 7EWN.

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