There has been an ongoing narrative concerning the celebration and accreditation of achievement to the many women who have contributed to NASA’s achievements.
It has been stated that not enough focus has been placed on the female scientists, engineers, researchers and astronauts who have contributed to the further understanding of our world and the universe that surrounds it.
To help educate children about the legacy these magnificent scientists, Lego have announced that they will be launching a Woman of NASA series. The set was announced on the Lego Projects page.
Ladies rock outer space!
Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program, a.k.a. NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated — especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
This proposed set celebrates five notable NASA pioneers and provides an educational building experience to help young ones and adults alike learn about the history of women in STEM.
Several projects were submitted to the Lego Projects competition, with the Women of Science one winning.
The Danish company announced on Tuesday that it would produce the Women of NASA set, submitted by science writer Maia Weinstock.
“Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program,” Weinstock wrote in her project proposal. “Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated – especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” (NPR)
— Lego NASA Women (@LegoNASAWomen) February 28, 2017
The set features Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose story was featured in the recent film Hidden Figures. Johnson, who is now 98 years old, appeared on stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
Other NASA women honored in Lego form are:
- Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work that contributed to Apollo 11’s landing on the moon.
- Astronaut Sally Ride , the first U.S. woman in space.
- Nancy Grace Roman, who served as NASA’s chief astronomer and is seen as “instrumental in making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality.”
- Astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.
“Excited to be part of such a great group of women,” Jemison tweeted after the announcement, “And even more jazzed about women in STEM!”
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 28, 2017