Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Grace Hopper Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What do you know about computer coding?
  • What skills and traits does it take to be a computer programmer?

During (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

  • Timecode 1:32: How is today different than the early days of computing?
  • Timecode 3:52: What was the Mark 1 and why was it important?
  • Timecode 5:00: How did the UNIVAC differ from the Mark 1?
  • Timecode 6:35: How did COBOL differ from earlier computer languages?


  • Why was Grace Hopper a good choice for the job of programming the Mark 1?
  • Why might someone have used the UNIVAC’s compiler?


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments