The Accomplishment of the ENIAC and the Women Computing Pioneers - FREE

by  National Museum of the U.S. Army

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Discover how a talented group of female mathematicians laid the groundwork for the field of computer programming.

Winning World War II required an all-out effort. Thousands of women on the home front answered their country’s call to join the military, industry, and the civil service. In 1943, the U.S. Army recruited seven women mathematicians to set up and operate the Army’s newest top secret weapon: the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). These unsung heroes wired the electrical connections that enabled the world’s first electronic, digital computer to complete 300 calculations per second. In doing so, they built a framework for the field of computer programming.

A Museum educator will guide the field trip as students discover how female “computers” solved complex problems, contributing to Army innovations during World War II.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00


This program is free.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

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Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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This program can be reserved Monday - Sunday, 9 - 3:30 p.m. EDT.

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Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to the start of the program.

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National Museum of the U.S. Army

Fort Belvoir, VA
United States

The National Museum of the United States Army provides the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions through the eyes of the American Soldier. Through preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting invaluable artifacts, the National Army Museum creates learning opportunities for all visitors and bonds the American people to their oldest military service.

We are America’s Army Museum.

Program Details


This program guides participants through an examination of primary resources and demonstrations to learn how female "computers" solved complex problems. Participants will be encouraged to answer questions and solve problems. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.


At the end of the lesson, participants will be better able to:

-Describe how computers use electrical circuits to process data.
-Explain how needs identified during World War II led to the Army innovation that accelerated computer development.
-Discuss how World War II furthered women’s professional opportunities

Standards Alignment

National Standards

English Language Arts Standards » Science & Technical Subjects » Grade 6-8

Key Ideas and Details:

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

State Standards

History and Social Studies Standards of Learning for Virginia

United States History 1865 to Present
USII.6 The student will apply history and social science skills to understand the major causes and events of World War II and the effects of America’s role by
G) evaluating the effects of the war on the home front, including, but not limited to women in the workforce, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, rationing, conservation, and war bonds;

Virginia and United States History
VUS.14 The student will apply history and social science skills to analyze the United States’ involvement in World War II by
D) evaluating and explaining the contributions of heroic military units including, but not limited to segregated, minority units, women, and the role of Virginia units in the America war effort;