In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, young Annie Easley knows she can be something more. In this true story of dreams, hardships, and self-determination, Annie becomes one of the first African American human computers at NASA. Initially working on airplanes, she soon realizes her destiny is to be on the team of mathematicians that launch the Centaur Rocket into the Space Race. Commanding Space: The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket is an important story about a persistent and intelligent woman whose desire to succeed in science and technology proved stronger than the prejudice that would have denied her.
Recommended for grades: 3 and up
Content available to stream on-demand at a time of your choosing now through November 15 - December 17, 2021. You may access content for your classroom multiple times. One registration per class required.
Running time: 60 minutes
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This student matinee performance is part of the Playhouse Square Education Department Social Justice Series.