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“Coding to the Moon: Margaret Hamilton and the Apollo Missions” celebrates the life and work of computer scientist and pioneer software engineer, Margaret Hamilton. Her brilliant work as a young NASA scientist broke new ground as she led the team that built the navigation systems for the Apollo missions to the moon. The early scenes of the play are set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where Hamilton spent her childhood; the later scenes at MIT’s Instrumentation Lab where Hamilton and her colleagues built and programmed the Apollo Guidance Computer and laid the groundwork for much of today’s modern computing. The play is a gripping drama of the daring and risk taking involved in the space missions and how Hamilton’s team averted last minute disasters during the flights of Apollo 8 and Apollo 11.
“Coding to the Moon: Margaret Hamilton and the Apollo Missions” provides positive role models, challenges stereotypes, and gives a more inclusive picture of the nature of work in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics for students in grades 4-12.
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