Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton.The set which retails for $24.99 and is the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, an MIT employee who proposed a women of NASA collection through the Lego Ideas program. Maia Weinstock is an editor, writer and producer of science and children’s media, as well as the deputy editor at MIT News, the news outlet for the university.
Important info for all parents: Lego versions of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Hubble Space telescope can be put together with the set. Even a miniature version of Hamilton’s workspace at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was programming software for the moon landing is also featured. “Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA set,” was LEGO’s presentation for the new product. The “Women in NASA” is the fourth LEGO Ideas set to be released that is based on real space exploration history. Earlier models have included Japan’s Hayabusa asteroid sample spacecraft, the Mars Curiosity rover and NASA’s Apollo Saturn V moon rocket. Two more sets, a space shuttle and a launch tower for the Saturn V are now under review.