The Brockton Public Library, at 304 Main St., is scheduled to host a “Hidden Figures and Other Women of NASA” event on Saturday, March 31, starting at 1 p.m. “This free event is open to everyone and will include a presentation from NASA Solar System Ambassador Patricia Monteith on how three women help make space travel possible through mathematics,” according to the library.
BROCKTON – In celebration of Women’s History Month, a free event is being held at the Brockton Public Library on Saturday afternoon to promote female contributors to the U.S. space program.
NASA Solar System Ambassador Patricia Monteith will be presenting during the “Hidden Figures and Other Women of NASA” event scheduled to begin on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Brockton Public Library main branch at 304 Main St. Members of the public are invited to learn about the women depicted in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures,” as well as other women who have worked at NASA throughout the agency’s history history.
“This free event is open to everyone and will include a presentation from NASA Solar System Ambassador Patricia Monteith on how three women help make space travel possible through mathematics,” according to a statement from the library.
The free event will also feature a movie and exhibits all about space and the women who contributed to space exploration.
Monteith has been a NASA Solar System Ambassador since 2017. There are now more than 450 ambassadors throughout the country, aiding NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the public outreach effort in all 50 states, along with Washington DC and Puerto Rico, according to the agency’s website.
Monteith, who received a bachelor’s degree in math, with the hopes of working in Mission Control for NASA, retired as the manager of a public radio station. But she’s always been interested in furthering youth education about earth and space science, especially since her son has been interested in paleontology, according to her profile on the NASA website. Monteith has a penchant for the topic of asteroids, her profile states.
The Brockton woman is also the recent recipient of the NAACP Women’s Award for her community education and involvement with STEM programs in the city of Brockton.
“When Pat retired, she decided to work with middle and high school students to assist with the preparation of their science fair projects, some of which have been about ion rocket thrusters and comets,” according to her Solar System Ambassadors Program profile. “With her passion for space science never wavering, Pat has taken several educator workshops from NASA and is certified to handle meteorites and lunar material.”