This Major Toy Brand Recognizes "Hidden Figures" Of NASA
The Lego set is based on five women that dominated the space agency throughout history.
Make no mistake about it, Lego is the OG of the toy game. Founded in 1932, the interlocking plastic bricks were likely owned by you, your grandma and your favorite little nephew. How has the basic toy withstood the test of time and virtual gaming trends? Relevance, that’s how. For generations, The Lego Group has managed to stay on trend, launching newly themed toy sets, movies, and even an amusement park.
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In the latest genius marketing move, the toy company will release a set of five female NASA scientists, engineers, and astronauts based on real women who have worked for the space agency. The Hidden Figures inspired Lego set is the brainchild of science writer, Maia Weinstock who won the Lego Ideas contest after her submission gained 10,000 votes of public support. Weinstock tweeted the news on Tuesday.
Her design features Katherine Johnson, the physicist and mathematician whose calculations for NASA helped send John Glenn into orbit, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space. Weinstock’s set beat out 11 other entries and will be available by late 2017 or early 2018.
Now that’s how you close out Black History Month and ring in Women's History Month!
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