Lego's 'Women Of NASA' Set Celebrates Rad Women In STEM

The others include; astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; astronaut and physician Mae Jemison; and physicist and educator Sally Ride.

Designed by Lego competition victor and deputy editor of MIT News, Maia Weinstock, Lego spokesperson Lise Dydensborg said: "As a science editor and writer, with a strong personal interest for space exploration".

Lego will release a set of five female Nasa scientists, engineers and astronauts based on real women who have worked for the space agency.

The set - called Women of NASA - was created by science communicator Maia Weinstock and honors five accomplished women from NASA history.

Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space in 1992, and Sally Ride, an astronaut, physicist and educator.

The "Women of NASA" set features minifigures, a desktop display frame and vignettes related to the women's careers.

Katherine Johnson calculated trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs.

Making the announcement this week, Lego said Maia Weinstock's campaign was chosen for its inspirational value as well as build and play experience.

The film has shed light on the story of a group of extraordinary women working at NASA in the 1960s during the height of segregation and the struggle for civil rights. The INSPIRE Act directs NASA to send staff to work with K-12 girls, and the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act directs the National Science Foundation to expand support for women in STEM research. She was also featured in the film Hidden Figures, and recently made an appearance at the Academy Awards.

While the final design is yet to be confirmed, Dydensborg said the company would share further details on the product, sale date and price closer to to when it is ready for launch. The exciting news was announced yesterday, congratulating science editor and writer, Maia Weinstock, came up with the idea for the project.

  • Jon Douglas