Mar 05 2017
The set - which turns historic NASA employees Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison into the figurines Lego fans call "minifigs" - was a victor of the Lego Ideas contest, which considers batches of fan-designed submissions three times each year.
Though Weinstock's Women of NASA may have passed the Lego assessment process, her previous submissions haven't always been successful.
This project was created by Maia Weinstock, a science editor and writer at MIT News. "It's also another step in the right direction in terms of providing more female minifigures to the company's offerings, which is extremely important".
When a Drag Race-inspired proposal hit Lego Ideas earlier this year, Twitter lost its mind over the possibility of a tiny, checkered flag-wielding RuPaul.
The minifigs will hopefully encourage more girls to dream about STEM jobs, said Weinstock - who added that her next project is a book about women in the history of science.
Weinstock, who is now 39, told Lego in an interview that she played with the toys while growing up in the 1980s.
Weinstock's proposed design for Women of NASA uses 291 Lego pieces to build the figurines and their offices, telescopes and spacecraft.
There's no reason to believe the timing is anything other than a coincidence, but Katherine Johnson's inclusion as a figure in the Lego set does mean she's enjoying mainstream recognition for her work decades ago.
The film has shed light on the story of a group of extraordinary women working at NASA in the 1960s during the height of segregation and the struggle for civil rights. Though the set has a long way to go before it reaches the 10,000 votes needed to undergo review, the folks at Lego Ideas labeled the idea a Staff Pick.
"I hope it sets a new example for both girls and boys", said Ms Weinstock.
A big congratulations to 20tauri on becoming the next official LEGO Ideas fan designer!
Johnson, who is now 98, appeared onstage at the Oscars and got a standing ovation alongside the cast of Hidden Figures, which was nominated for Best Picture.
Other contenders in the latest competition included Lego scenes from televisions shows The Addams Family and The Little House on the Prairie, a Lego Lamborghini and a Lego Large Hadron Collider.
Lego came under fire in 2014 after seven-year-old Charlotte Benjamin criticized the company's lack of professional female figures in a widely-shared letter.
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