LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA signing event in NY

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A new LEGO set honoring the pioneering women of NASA, including Chicago native Mae Jemison, will go on sale November 1.

The scientists featured in minifigure form with blocks representing their contributions are Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton and Nancy Grace Roman.

The move makes sense as it promotes the role of women in the workplace, and it gives young girls a slate of new heroes to choose from that can hopefully inspire them and let them know that there's nothing they can't do.

Recognising the critical roles women have played throughout the history of the USA space programme, the proposal was originally submitted to the Lego Ideas site by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock. Hamilton, who led the team that developed software for the Apollo moon mission, can be placed in a diorama with a stack of books containing the Apollo Guidance Computer code. The Ride and Jemison figurines are both dressed in their uniforms from their first launch, and the set includes a model of a space shuttle with a removable booster tank. "It was attractive to hear some of the stories behind the scenes, like how Sally's name tag was changed from "Sally Ride" to just "Sally" at her own request". Lego says the set will be available for order starting on November 1st, but if you happen to be in NY on October 28th, the Flatiron District Lego Store will have them available early, and Weinstock will be present for a fan signing.

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The LEGO Store in New York City will host a special signing event ahead of the release of LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA.

This isn't the first time Lego has put together a set celebrating female scientists and engineers.

The company quickly took steps to add more women in science to its set lineup. Weinstock's original proposal from July 2016 collected more than 10,000 votes in a Lego ideas contest.

Collectors will also be able to build the projects that made these women famous.

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