In August 2014 LEGO released the Research Institute, a set of female scientists, which included designs that were submitted to the LEGO Ideas contest by geochemist Dr. Ellen Kooijam. The response was overwhelming, and the set sold out, several times.
Since then, we’ve seen the company include other women in STEM and non-traditional fields in their minifig offerings, and now there’s more. To celebrate the history of women at NASA, LEGO has presented the final design and set a launch date for its new Women of NASA LEGO set.
The Women of NASA set was proposed to LEGO Ideas by Maia Weinstock, an editor, writer, and producer of science and children’s media, back in August 2016 where it gained tons of support for production.
“In all realms of science, engineering, and technology, pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work. We have also seen that when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas,” said Maia in a press release from LEGO. “With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history. My dream would be to know that the first human on Mars — or an engineer or computer scientist who helped her get there — played with the LEGO Women of NASA as a child and was inspired to pursue a STEM career as a result.”
The final design was completed by LEGO designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson. In the original proposal, five NASA women were included but the set will include just four. According to LEGO, Katherine Johnson chose not to be part of the set.
LEGO Women of NASA will be available for purchase worldwide from November 1st but lucky fans visiting New York will be able to purchase the set already on October 28th where Maia Weinstock hosts a Signing event at the Flatiron District LEGO Store. You can visit LEGO Ideas for more details.
The 231-piece set is recommended for ages 10 and older and will retail at $24.99.
Editor’s Update 11.2.17: The set is available now
Source: LEGO. All images courtesy of LEGO