The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to create the African American Women Mathematicians activity book. I’ve always loved math and I think it is important for children to learn about the diverse pioneers in mathematics.
Although the book is geared to children in grades 3 – 8 it is appropriate for all ages. It will include a sketch and short biography of many African American Women Mathematicians such as the women from the movie, Hidden Figures: Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan.
Whether at home or school, children will enjoy uncovering mathematician’s names through word searches, unscrambling math vocabulary words, solving equations to decode a mathematics fact, answering math history trivia to complete a crossword puzzle, and using their math brain to figure out a magic square. The book will also include some coloring pages of the women and an eye spy page where students will locate symmetrical objects.
All of the featured mathematicians will have a profile sketch and a short biography followed by an activity page displaying their math interest or doing a known hobby. For example, Evelyn Boyd Granville was on a team that created computer software for NASA’s Project Vanguard and Project Mercury space programs. Her activity page will include a coloring page of a sketch of the Mercury space craft pictured below.
The activity book will start with the first five African American women to receive doctorate degrees in mathematics. They are Euphemia Lofton Haynes, Evelyn Boyd Granville, Marjorie Lee Brown, Argelia Velez-Rodriguez , and Sadie Gasaway. I will also feature more current mathematicians such as Etta Zuber Falconer and Genevieve Knight. Dr. Falconer is a pioneer of the computer science program at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Knight is one of the founding members of the Benjamin Banneker Association, Incorporated, an affiliate organization of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The NCTM is a global organization with over 60,000 members in the United States, Canada, Africa and Bermuda.
My hope is that this project will honor the important work, the accomplishments and the everyday lives of these women and many more. I invite you to support this endeavor and support our future mathematicians, because this kind of brilliance has to be cultivated and nurtured.
Risks and challenges
There are two risks and challenges that I should disclose.
1. I must consider that some of the mathematicians may require permissions to be included in the activity book.
2. The timeline depends on all the separate parts coming together as planned. The illustrator, the editor and myself.
- (45 days)