Lego ‘Women of NASA’ Set Will Be Here Just in Time for the Holidays
Legos just got a lot more inclusive! The Lego Women of NASA set will hit stores on November 1st, just in time to put it under the tree for your budding astronaut. The set was conceived by Maia Weinstock, a deputy editor of MIT News. She submitted the idea to the Lego’s Ideas Community last summer. The submission got more than 10,000 votes, which triggered an automatic review of Weinstock’s set. Once they reviewed it, Lego decided to manufacture and sell it, and we are over the moon!
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The Lego Women of NASA set features 4 NASA pioneers. It’s aim is to educated kids (and adults!) about the history of women in STEM.
The set contains 5 figurines of notable women at NASA. Margaret Hamilton, computer scientist. Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist, and educator. Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer. Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, and entrepreneur.
In addition to the figurines, each set comes with a desktop display frame, a Hubble space telescope, and a mini space shuttle. It also comes with miniature vignettes depicting moments in NASA history that these amazing women made possible.
One notable figure will be missing from the sets that will be available for purchase. Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and space scientist whose story was featured in the film Hidden Figures, is not included.
Maia Weinstock included Katherine Johnson in her original idea. As to why she’s missing from the completed set, Lego told Gizmodo, “In order for us to move forward with a partner we need to obtain approval from all key people, which was not possible in this case. We naturally fully respect this decision.”
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The set will be available starting November 1st, and will sell for $25. WE CANNOT WAIT.
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More and more companies are coming around to how important inclusivity in toys really is. This set celebrates some really amazing women in our history. And it also shows little girls everywhere that there is space for women. Even in space!
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