When I was growing up, the only woman in science I ever heard of was Sally Ride. It took my own research and time to learn about other women I could look up to. It's an issue many women are aware of — and worry about what message society is sending to little girls who want to have a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Well, thanks to one designer, girls will get the chance to learn about five women who made an impact and created a legacy at NASA, including Katherine Johnson, one of the main characters in the film Hidden Figures, thanks to a new Lego set.
The Women of NASA Lego set, designed by Maia Weinstock, the deputy editor of MIT News, showcases five women with storied careers at NASA. They are Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison. The set features different aspects of what these women accomplished like Roman posing with the Hubble Space Telescope — a project she helped develop. There's also Jemison, the first black woman who went to space, next to the Space Shuttle. Johnson poses with a pencil and other technology — key tools to calculate information for the Mercury and Apollo programs.
It wasn't easy for the Women of NASA set to get to this point. It was originally submitted as a concept to Lego Ideas on July 18, 2016. Any Lego Ideas project needs at least 10,000 supporters, and then the Lego Review Board needs to approve the idea. The Women of NASA set achieved both, with the Lego Review Board giving the project a green light on Feb. 28.
No final details about availability or price are out yet, but we can't wait to see girls discover and learn about these women. See photos of the adorable and incredible Lego set ahead.