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NASA held a press conference last year about Hidden Figures. From left: director Ted Melfi, Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan), Taraji P. Henson (Katherine Johnson), Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson), producer Pharrell Williams and historian Bill Barry.

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Math offers a different way to look at the world and solve problems. Like athletes, mathletes can compete, even from young ages, to win medals and have fun — sometimes in exotic places.

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More than 150 girls from around the world competed in the 2017 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Zurich, Switzerland.

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