Over the years, we’ve been excited to see more women represented in the LEGO minifig world. Back in 2013 the company introduced us to Professor C. Bodin, LEGO’s first female scientist. In 2014, LEGO released it’s first woman scientist mini figure set, a concept submitted by geochemist Dr. Ellen Kooijman to the LEGO Ideas contest that asks users to propose designs for future building sets, which are then voted on by the public. Securing more than 50,000 votes, the set was released, albeit in a limited edition.
Three years later, to celebrate the history of women at NASA, a new set was proposed to LEGO Ideas by Maia Weinstock, an editor, writer, and producer of science and children’s media, and it hit store shelves just in time for the 2017 holiday season.
Inspired by these creators, this year, Carley Lauder, a teacher living in Hong Kong, is proposing the Dr. Jane Goodall set, which features a young Jane Goodall observing Chimpanzees at her Tanzanian research camp.
“I use LEGO as a fun tool to learn, build and play in after-school activities with kids ages 2 – 14,” Carley shares in her submission. “As a child, I learned about Dr. Jane Goodall and her work from the National Geographic Magazines that filled my grandparents’ bookshelves and school library in Winnipeg, Canada. I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Goodall several times on her visits to Hong Kong when I was involved in her Roots and Shoots program. I also had the wonderful opportunity to learn from her while doing short-term study in Germany. I always find Dr. Goodall’s positivity, persistence, hope and determination that individuals can make a constructive difference in the problems facing our world a huge jolt of inspiration. I hope this LEGO Ideas set will inspire others to build, explore and research their passions as Dr. Goodall does so brilliantly.”
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Dr. Jane Goodall
The Dr. Jane Goodall set is open for votes on the LEGO Ideas website and Carley is asking the WYSK community for our help. “If the set gets 1,000 votes by Nov 7th and 10,000 by May 4th from the public, LEGO will review and consider producing it! So please vote, vote, vote!”