Who is Katherine Johnson?

In this lesson, we will learn about Katherine Johnson's main achievements and the story of her life. We will learn how she used maths to get rockets into space and back home safely.

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Quiz:

Who is Katherine Johnson?

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Q1.What was Katherine Johnson's favourite subject?

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Q2.What was Katherine Johnson's first job?

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Q3.How many times did John Glenn orbit the Earth?

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Q4.What went wrong on Apollo 13?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Who is Katherine Johnson?

Don't worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Q1.What was Katherine Johnson's favourite subject?

1/4

Q2.What was Katherine Johnson's first job?

2/4

Q3.How many times did John Glenn orbit the Earth?

3/4

Q4.What went wrong on Apollo 13?

4/4

Lesson summary: Who is Katherine Johnson?

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