Maia Weinstock is a writer, editor and producer who works for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the deputy editor of MIT News. She's also a strong proponent of encouraging more women to get involved in science.
This is Weinstock's project, the Women of NASA Lego set. According to her website, “Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program...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).”
Weinstock submitted the set to the Lego Ideas platform to celebrate five female NASA pioneers. The set also “provides an educational building experience to help young ones and adults alike learn about the history of women in STEM.”
This Is Margaret Hamilton. While working for NASA in the '60s, she “developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon.” The set seen here is a recreation of a photo of Hamilton standing next to her software code printed in book form.
Katherine Johnson is a mathematician and space scientist who “is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 mission that first landed humans on the moon.” She was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor in 2016.
Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. After retiring from NASA, she “founded an educational company focusing on encouraging children — especially girls — to pursue the sciences.”
Mae Jemison is a medical doctor who became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. After leaving NASA she “established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences.”
To be considered by Lego, the Women of NASA Lego set needed to get 10,000 supporters, which it reached in just 15 days! According to Weinstock's website, “The Women of NASA project now enters the LEGO Review phase; we should find out in January 2017 whether the set will be sold in stores worldwide. Stay tuned!”