LEGO has officially announced the production of a “Women of NASA” set of figurines, based on five of NASA’s most famous women, after the design for the set won the company’s LEGO Ideas competition. The set, due to be released in late 2017 or early 2018, will feature computer scientist and engineer Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
U.S. science writer Maia Weinstock, who proposed the concept for the set on the Lego Ideas website in July, thanked followers of the project for their “overwhelming” outpour of support.
“I hope it sets a new example for both girls and boys,” said Weinstock. “Girls, in that they can and should be engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, and boys, in that they internalize at an early age that these careers are for everyone, not only men.”
On the LEGO review site Jay’s Brick Blog, one LEGO aficionado wrote that he had heard of Margaret Hamilton, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year, but that he had to look up the rest of the women.
“Imagine this very scenario extended to young kids and parents taking the time to not only build this set with their kids, but to also explain who these women are and why their contributions were so important to space exploration and astronomy,” he wrote.
Everything about this is awesome.
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