LEGO launches Women of NASA set

October 19, 2017 by  
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Trailblazing women who have been instrumental in NASA’s space program are being honored in a special way: as LEGO toys. The company just displayed the final design , with an official launch date for the 231-piece set that includes four women: Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, and Nancy Grace Roman. Science writer and LEGO tinkerer Maia Weinstock proposed the idea for Women of NASA on the LEGO Ideas platform last summer – and reached 10,000 supporters in 15 days. LEGO designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges got on board to help transform the idea into an official set, which will launch November 1. Related: BIG’s LEGO House officially opens to the public in Denmark Sally Ride was the first American woman in space , while Mae Jemison was the first woman of color in space. Nancy Grace Roman was the first woman to hold an executive role at NASA, and was instrumental in planning the Hubble Telescope . Margaret Hamilton “led the team that developed the building blocks of software engineering – a term that she coined herself,” according to NASA . Weinstock said in a statement, “…when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas. 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.” The original proposal included five women, but according to a LEGO statement, “Katherine Johnson chose not to be part of the set.” If you’re in the New York City area, there will be a pre-release event October 28 at the Flatiron District LEGO store on 200 5th Avenue from 10 AM to 2 PM. You can check out details on the Facebook event page here . Via LEGO and LEGO Ideas Blog Images via LEGO

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Trailblazing women who have been instrumental in NASA’s space program are being honored in a special way: as LEGO toys. The company just displayed the final design , with an official launch date for the 231-piece set that includes four women: Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, and Nancy Grace Roman. Science writer and LEGO tinkerer Maia Weinstock proposed the idea for Women of NASA on the LEGO Ideas platform last summer – and reached 10,000 supporters in 15 days. LEGO designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges got on board to help transform the idea into an official set, which will launch November 1. Related: BIG’s LEGO House officially opens to the public in Denmark Sally Ride was the first American woman in space , while Mae Jemison was the first woman of color in space. Nancy Grace Roman was the first woman to hold an executive role at NASA, and was instrumental in planning the Hubble Telescope . Margaret Hamilton “led the team that developed the building blocks of software engineering – a term that she coined herself,” according to NASA . Weinstock said in a statement, “…when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas. 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.” The original proposal included five women, but according to a LEGO statement, “Katherine Johnson chose not to be part of the set.” If you’re in the New York City area, there will be a pre-release event October 28 at the Flatiron District LEGO store on 200 5th Avenue from 10 AM to 2 PM. You can check out details on the Facebook event page here . Via LEGO and LEGO Ideas Blog Images via LEGO

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2 Girls Building in Melbourne blurs the line between art and architecture

December 29, 2015 by  
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Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

October 24, 2014 by  
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A recent study carried out in Japan warns of yet another unexpected consequence of climate change : the study shows that male human fetuses are more sensitive to temperature differences than female fetuses and are more likely to spontaneously abort when exposed to extremes of heat and cold in utero . While similar studies in New Zealand and Finland have not confirmed this finding, the Japanese team believe they have an explanation for that. Read the rest of Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , extreme weather , fetal mortality , global warming , infant mortality , Japan , miscarriage , temperature variation linked to male fetal death , temperature-dependent sex determination

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Awesome Dad Builds Son a Calvin and Hobbes-Themed Nursery with a Tree Fort Bed

March 31, 2013 by  
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Any young boy raised on Calvin and Hobbes has dreamed of retreating to a tree fort to hurl snowballs and Susie Derkins and host  G.R.O.S.S.  (Get Rid Of Slimy girlS) meetings. One amazing dad created a nursery for his kid that would be any Calvin & Hobbes fan’s dream come true. The room includes a big Calvin & Hobbes-themed mural, and a treehouse bed with both a ladder and a slide. Just looking at it makes us want to turn back the clock to be a kid again. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bill Watterson , Calvin , Calvin & Hobbes Nursery , Calvin and Hobbes , DIY , Finland , green home decor , green parenting , Hobbes , Inhabitots , interior design , parenting

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Four African Teens Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

November 9, 2012 by  
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Four African teens have wowed visitors to  Maker Faire Africa  by creating a generator that is  powered with pee . Using a resource that everyone has, the girls developed a generator that produces six hour of power for one liter of urine . At only 14 and 15 years old, the students are an inspiration for renewable energy developers everywhere! Read the rest of Four African Teens Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Akindele Abiola , alternative energy , Bello Eniola , Duro-Aina Adebola , eco design , Faleke Oluwatoyin , green design , Maker Faire Africa , Pee Power , renewable energy , sustainable design , urine generator , urine power , urine powered generator

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Are the New LEGO Friends for Girls Sexist?

January 14, 2012 by  
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LEGO rang in 2012 by launching a new line of toys , LEGO Friends, which are aimed at girls 5 and up. No big deal, right? Actually, to some it is a big deal. A petition was launched at Change.org is demanding that LEGO to stop selling out girls with the new collection, arguing that the new line of toys feeds young girls a narrow set of stereotypes. So far, some 30,000+ people have signed the petition already. Will you join them? Head over to our sister site Inhabitots to read our analysis of the issue and vote in our survey. MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: change.org , Inhabitots , lego , lego friends , marketing , minifigs , parenting , parents , petition , sexism , toys

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LEGO Rolls Out a Line Targeted at Girls – Progressive or Regressive?

January 5, 2012 by  
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Over the holidays, Lego released their Lego Friends series – a selection of colorful new building sets geared towards young girls. While some may consider Lego to be gender neutral, the company’s marketing over the last 6 years has been slanted towards boys – from elaborate battle ships and alien conquest scenes to Star Wars cruisers. Many people believe that these toy sets can still easily cross gender boundaries, but studies have shown that boys and girls engage in play in very different ways, and many argue that the toy falls short when it comes to fostering creativity and analytical skills in girls. So pretty and pink aside, is Lego’s move to create a more “girl-friendly” toy a progressive or regressive one? Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Read the rest of LEGO Rolls Out a Line Targeted at Girls – Progressive or Regressive? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gender free toys , gender neutral toys , lego , lego 2012 , lego and gender , lego designs , lego designs for girls , lego for boys , lego for girls , lego friends , new lego designs , new lego figurines , new lego sets , toys and gender

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Why Bikes for Girls is a Lifechanging Concept in Africa (Video)

November 9, 2010 by  
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Image credit: World Bicycle Relief When April dared to suggest 6 reasons why the world needs more girls on bikes , she was accused of sexism. Yet from female cyclists’ view on podium girls through to concerns about women cyclists’ personal safety , there’s no doubt that gender issues should be an important part of the conversation wh..

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Mountain Ranges Can Act As Conservation Safe Havens in a Warming World

November 9, 2010 by  
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photo: Jim Whitehead / Creative Commons While there have been some pretty dire reports about the extinction of plants and animals due to global warming , there has also been some interesting and encouraging research about how species may be able survive in certain places. This is one of those. Research coming out of the University of Basel , Switzerland shows t…

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