Discover Hedy Lamarr’s contributions as a woman in STEM in this video from the American Masters film, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Lamarr has received belated acknowledgement for inventing frequency hopping, the basis of secure wireless communications. But she was constantly inventing – she even had an inventing table in her trailer on movie locations! In the accompanying classroom activity, students follow in Lamarr’s footsteps and use the engineering design process to design a paper airplane.
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