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Hidden Figures curriculum guide

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has partnered with the nonprofit Journeys in Film to release a free Hidden Figures curriculum guide for the classroom.

Hidden Figures—starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe—tells the 'untold' story of three African American female NASA mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960's, and was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer’s portrayal of Dorothy Vaughan. The powerful story behind Hidden Figures has made waves around the world and is encouraging young women, especially young women of color, to follow their dreams and pursue studies and careers in STEM.

Inspired by past and present women working in STEM, the classroom curriculum guide highlights the dedication, confidence, and academic excellence that these three women conveyed in the film. The guide is made up of eight comprehensive, standards-aligned lesson plans for middle school-aged students, and is interdisciplinary, offering various lenses through which students can approach the social issues raised by the film.

“The first few lessons in this guide will help students understand the context in which the events of Hidden Figures occur. In the spirit of Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn’s creative determination, Journeys in Film’s lessons trace the increasing animosity between Communist nations and the West, the pressure-filled context in which the women at Langley were working, the logistics of the U.S. space effort and the vital role served by the “human computers” portrayed in the film. Students will also research the Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education in the timeline of key events during the Civil Rights Movement, which provide a deeper understanding of the actions activists and ordinary citizens undertook to end segregation,” said Journeys in Film.

21st Century Fox recently completed the “The Search for Hidden Figures” contest to uncover the next generation of female leaders in STEM, and distributed over $200,000 in scholarships to two grand prize winners and ten runners-up. In partnership with AMC Theatres, 21CF has also organized free screenings around the U.S. to celebrate February’s Black History Month and March’s Women’s History Month, and schools and community groups were invited to apply for free hometown screenings as well. “We at 21CF were inspired by the grassroots movement to bring this film to audiences that wouldn’t otherwise be able to see it—audiences that might include future innovators and barrier-breakers—and we wanted to support and extend that movement,” said Liba Rubenstein, 21CF’s Senior Vice President of Social Impact.

Teachers can download the Hidden Figures curriculum guide for free from Journeys in Film, and beginning in May, high schools can also request free DVDs to screen the movie for students across the U.S.

Hidden Figures is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.


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The Ninth Annual Shorty Awards on April 23rd recognized recent social impact campaigns from 21st Century Fox for their innovative and effective use of social media to engage audiences. 21CF’s Search for Hidden Figures contest, which distributed more than $200,000 in scholarships to women in STEM, and the Stand with Malala campaign, which drove support and awareness of the Malala Fund and its fight for girls’ education, won their respective categories.

“Tonight is the night we recognize the individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Musicly, Instagram, and for the last time ever, Vine,” host Tony Hale joked during his opening remarks. “But what makes this award show so unique is that it pays tribute to those who are using social media as a force for positive change.”

The Search for Hidden Figures contest, for which 21CF partnered with PepsiCo, asked young women, students and professionals, to submit videos explaining the importance of the STEM fields to themselves and the rest of the world. The winners received scholarships and additional training from the New York Academy of Sciences. The contest won the Multicultural Community Engagement category.

21CF and National Geographic’s Stand With Malala campaign, which launched around the global, commercial-free broadcast premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala, won for best Facebook Partnership. The campaign asked viewers to change their Facebook profile to a special video that transformed profile pictures into yearbook photos and then dissolved female users’ profile pictures from the page, representing the millions of girls who are out of school worldwide. For every post, 21CF donated $1 to the Malala Fund for a total of $50,000.

Fox Home Entertainment’s campaigns for Deadpool, “Deadpool Gets All the Likes” and “Deadpool’s Global Domination,” also received awards, as did the studio’s “From Deadpool with Love” campaign in the Branded Content category, and the “Ryan Reynolds IS Deadpool” campaign in the Multi-Platform Campaign category. FX’s Atlanta was awarded Silver in the race for Best GIF. 

Sawhorse Media founded the Shorty Awards in 2008 to celebrate the best content across the social media landscape. The awards for individual influencers represent the public votes of more than 5 million internet users, as well as scores from the Real Time Academy of Short Form Arts and Sciences, which assembles leaders in technology, journalism, business, and culture. The awards for brands and organizations are judged solely by the Real Time Academy.

Learn more about the Shorty Awards, including the full list of winners at this year’s awards, and watch the entire April 23 ceremony.


A look at how our colleagues made a positive impact in communities across the U.S.

Last week, 21st Century Fox launched 21CF Impact Week, giving more than 1,000 of its colleagues opportunities to make a positive impact in the local communities where they live and work.

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Colleagues based in New York, Los Angeles and select cities across the U.S. stepped away from their desks and into their communities by volunteering at schools, parks and community centers. More than a dozen opportunities were available, including a Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed hike for charity, a movie night at a senior assisted living center, packing and donating meal kits, military and school supply care packages, a science scavenger hunt for kids at the American Museum of Natural History, and many more. Next year, 21CF plans to extend the pilot program to all colleagues nationally, and will begin to roll out internationally as well.

"We've got great, talented people, and the more they can apply themselves to making a difference in the community, the better of they'll be, the better off the business will be and the better off the community at large will be," said 21CF CEO James Murdoch.

"It was a really fulfilling experience," said a 21CF colleague. "I think it's important for all of us that are so fortunate in our lives to take the time to step back and appreciate that by helping others."

Catch up on 21CF Impact Week by checking out #21CFImpactWeek on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and by checking out the photos below:

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21st Century Fox celebrated Earth Day this year with the "Explore Your World" photo contest, giving colleagues across the globe the chance to combine their photography skills and their love of the outdoors by sharing their best nature photos on social media with #21CFExplore. More than 3,000 entries poured in from across the business as employees unleashed their inner explorers and posted stunning portraits of the world around them. The competition was the centerpiece of 21CF's Earth Month campaign, which encouraged colleagues everywhere to explore and protect the planet.

View the four Grand Prize Winner photos below:

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TOP: Michael Horan, First Place; LEFT: Luis Pedro Cabarrus, Second Place; RIGHT: Nikita Shatrov, Third Place; BOTTOM: Roshan Panjwani, Honorable Mention

 

Winners will receive their choice of an Apple Watch, a GoPro, or a National Geographic-branded digital camera.

Throughout the month of April, 21CF provided opportunities for colleagues to get outdoors, get healthy, and give back to their communities. Employees based in New York and Los Angeles got the chance to volunteer at local parks and elementary schools, fundraise for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo's Run for the Wild 5K, and hear from experts at National Geographic such as renowned geologist Ford Cochran and National Geographic Kids editor Rachel Buchholz. In addition, special on-air Earth Day programming at FOX and Nat Geo WILD reached viewers around the world with tips on how to make their homes more eco-friendly, as well as new documentaries on endangered species.

Click on the collage below to check out some of our favorite "Explore Your World" photos from our colleagues around the world.

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In honor of Earth Day, and to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Fox's "Independence Day," Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has partnered with Earth Day Network and Google Play to offer fans a Digital HD download of the sci-fi classic for only $.99 between Friday, April 22, and Monday, April 25. Fox's proceeds will benefit Earth Day Network's Trees for the Earth initiative, which aims to plant 7.8 billion trees over the next five years. "Independence Day: Resurgence," the sequel to "Independence Day," will arrive in theaters June 24.

The partnership is the latest chapter in a longstanding relationship between Fox Home Entertainment and Earth Day Network, dating back to their 2010 collaboration on the Avatar Home Tree Initiative, which succeeded in its goal to plant 1 million trees across six continents within a year. This new wave of support from Fox Home Entertainment's sale of "Independence Day" on Google Play will allow Earth Day Network to continue its work around the world to protect the planet. The Trees for the Earth initiative will work with local tree-planting partners to ensure that the most impoverished communities receive new trees that will help them better feed their families and grow their local economy.

In addition, actor Jeff Goldblum, who stars in both the original "Independence Day" and the upcoming sequel, recorded a special Earth Day PSA in character as Earth Space Defense Director David Levinson, giving viewers practical tips on make their homes more environmentally friendly. View the PSA below.

Purchase "Independence Day" for $.99 at the Google Play store, and learn more about Earth Day Network's Trees for the Earth initiative.

 

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