Guys great new for you to start off this wonderful Thursday: The Danish toy company Lego are making a set of five new figures based on real female scientists, engineers and astronauts. Lego boxes already contain Batman, Harry Potter and Starwars characters but these characters will be available late 2017 or early 2018 after the design, created by US Science writer Maia Weinstock won the Lego Ideas competition. It was picked after receiving 10,000 public votes, which made it eligible for consideration.
Ms Weinstock said: The reaction has been overwhelming. Messages of congratulations and excitement at the prospect of this set actually being on store shelves have been poring in."
The five women that will be portrayed in this set will be:
- Scientist Katherine Johnson
- Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton
- Astronaut, physicist and educator Sally Ride
- Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman
- Astronaut and physician Mae Jamison.
Ms Johnson was also a character in the recent Oscar-Nominated film Hidden Figures which tells the story of female African American mathematicians working at Nasa in the 1960s.
Lego Ideas spokeswoman Lise Dyotensborg said:
"As a science editor and writer, with a strong personal interest for space exploration as well as the history of women in science and engineering, Maia Weinstock's Women of Nasa Project was a way for her to celebrate accompanied women in the Stem Professions."
Ms Weinstock said herself: "I hope it sets a new example for both girls and boys. Girls, in that they can and should be engineers, scientists and mathematicians, and boys, in that they internalise at an early age that these careers are for everyone, not only men."
In a blog post a guy who runs a website called Jay's Brick Blog made a great point:
"Imagine this very scenario extended to young kids and parents taking the time to not only build this set with their kids, but to also explain who these women are and why their contributions were so important to space exploration and astronomy."
Margaret Hamilton was awarded the United States highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year.
I don't know about you guys but I am personally so excited about this sort of thing. Only last week I was reading some horrible statistics about the low self worth of so many girls and how few of them look to people of their own sex to be inspired by and I feel like this is going to be a huge step in changing that! Any parents out there, big sisters or God parents please do keep an eye out for this hitting the shelves later this year!