LEGO® Women of Nasa!

On November 1st, LEGO®, is releasing the line of products that we have ALL been waiting for! Just in time for your holiday shopping :-)

 

This line will feature prominent women from NASA’s history! Including four minifigures of: Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.

 

Who are the women of NASA?

 

Dr. Nancy Grace Roman— was the first Chief of Astronomy in the Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters and the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA. In her role, she had oversight for the planning and development of programs including the Cosmic Background Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope.  

 

Margaret Hamilton—was the leader of the team that developed the flight software for the agency's Apollo missions. In 2003, she was granted a NASA Exceptional Space Act Award for her scientific and technical contributions. It was been stated that Hamilton’s team created the building blocks for modern day software engineering!

 

Sally Rode—was the first American Woman to fly in space! She worked on the Space Shuttle Mission and her job was to work the robotic arm. She was also a children’s book author who wrote about science and space exploration! It was her goal to help students-particularly girls-study science and math.

 

Dr. Mae Jemison—flew on the Space Shuttle in 1992 and made history as the first African American Woman to go to space!

 

 

The lead designer for this LEGO® project, Maia Weinstock, had this to say about the project:

“In all realms of science, engineering, and technology, pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work. We have also seen that when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas,” said Maia Weinstock. “With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history. My dream would be to know that the first human on Mars — or an engineer or computer scientist who helped her get there — played with the LEGO Women of NASA as a child and was inspired to pursue a STEM career as a result.”

 

 

 

Resources:

Loff, S. (2017, March 31). Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer. Retrieved October 18, 2017, from https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/dr-nancy-grace-roman-astronomer

Margaret Hamilton. (n.d.). Retrieved October 19, 2017, from https://www.history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/a11Hamilton.html

Dunbar, B. (2015, May 12). Who Was Sally Ride? Retrieved October 19, 2017, from https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/who-was-sally-ride-k4.html

Dunbar, B. (n.d.). Astronaut Mae Jemison. Retrieved October 19, 2017, from https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/home/F_Astronaut_Mae_Jemison.html