Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist by Andi Diehn, Illustrated by Katie Mazeika
A full-color picture book biography about Dorothy Vaughan, one of NASA's first African American managers and one of the groundbreakers on the front line of electronic computing—includes hands-on STEM activities for introduction to coding.
In Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist, elementary-aged children follow Dorothy's journey from math teacher to human-computer and beyond, a trip made difficult because she was an African American woman working during a time of segregation. Dorothy Vaughan loved things that made sense—especially numbers! Dorothy worked incredibly hard to meet the challenges that greeted her at every turn and rose to the level of a supervisor, the first black supervisor in her company's history! But another challenge awaited when a mechanical computer threatened to replace the teams of human computers. How will Dorothy figure out this problem?
Computer Decoder recommended for ages 3-8.
Paperback, 32 pages.