Families who want to teach their children about the important women in STEM professions can use LEGO to share their stories. The new LEGO Ideas Women of NASA Building Kit features four incredible women and 231 LEGO pieces to build out their areas of expertise.
The four women spotlighted in the play set with mini figures in their liking are computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison. Hamilton can be posed next to a stack of books based on the listings of Apollo Guidance Computer onboard flight software source code; Roman’s build features a posable Hubble Space Telescope with a picture of a planetary nebula; and Ride and Jamison’s build includes a launchpad and Space Shuttle Challenger with three removable rocket stages. The set also includes nameplates for each figure as well as a booklet with instructions and information on each woman, the set’s creator and LEGO designers.
The play set was such a hit that it’s now on backorder on LEGO.com, but new orders will be shipped in 30 days. That’s plenty of time to get it in time for the holidays! LEGO is also taking this campaign a step further by launching a challenge for children called Breaking Boundaries. Kids under the age of 13 are encouraged to build their dream job and share their creations on the LEGO Life app. Hopefully through play kids will discover that their dreams and hard work can take them to infinity and beyond!
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