We have obtained one of these rare sets and will be handing out free raffle tickets on Saturday March 7th. One lucky person attending at our #WomenInSTEM celebration will have about 1% chance of winning this set designed by Dutch isotope geochemist, Dr. Ellen Kooijman.
Dr. Kooijman, whose twitter handle and Lego username is @Alatariel, proposed her idea on Lego Ideas. She received 10,000 votes, which meant that Lego would consider production. A limited edition of the set, which features 3 female scientists, quickly sold out last summer.
Dr. Kooijman recently proposed a second Lego Female Scientists set, in which 3 researchers do field work. It got the 10,000 votes very quickly:
From the Guardian article:
Donna “Yates says: “I am a bit surprised by how popular the Lego academics have become, but I think that this goes to show that the image of a woman as a scientist isn’t just accepted, it is embraced.
“I’ve got a lot of replies about the Lego academics tweets but my absolute favourite was a mother reporting that after she showed the photos to her daughter, the little girl asked how she could become a professor too.”
The Twitter feed is not only for fun, admits Yates – she is eager to raise the profile of women in science.”