Women Of NASA To Be Given The Lego Treatment

Leslie Dixon
March 4, 2017

Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist, educator and the first American woman in space.

-Some real-life heroes will soon join such Lego superhero icons as Spiderman, Ironman, and Batman: the women of NASA.

Weinstock said "it was a dream come true" that her design will be available by late 2017 or early 2018 and hopes it will inspire girls to become more interested in science, technology, engineering and research (STEM).

Maia Weinstock, a science editor and victor of the Lego competition, said: "There are people whose stories have not really been told who have made seminal contributions to the NASA programmes".

Scientist and mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped NASA put an astronaut into orbit around Earth, and put a man on the moon.

Dr. Johnson, who was played in "Hidden Figures" by Taraji P. Henson, was recently honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It's the flawless gift for the child who loves LEGOs, space travel and science - and is raised to think women can do anything.

The set was imagined by science writer and deputy editor of MIT News Maia Weinstock, who submitted her concept through Lego's crowdsourced "Ideas" portal. In her role, she successfully managed numerous astronomy-based projects including the Hubble Space Telescope.

Margaret Hamilton: A pioneering computer scientist.

Personally, Weinstock wrote, she doesn't have a favorite figurine in the set, but she did note that Ride - someone Weinstock looked up to when she was growing up - was the first that she created.

"What she did to support women and girls in the STEM fields is remarkable", Weinstock told the Post in an email.

WEINSTOCK: A lot of people have said that if they had seen something like this, they might have been inspired to go into engineering or even know what an engineer was.

Weinstock explains that she wanted the set to feature "a very diverse group of women in terms of what they did, in terms of their fields at NASA, in terms of their cultural backgrounds, and also in terms of their age".

"I hope that "Women of NASA" will be one little extra brick in the wall of trying to improve how women are perceived and shown in books, toys, and family programming", Weinstock explains.

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