Back in April 2012, LEGO CUUSOO member Alatariel submitted a Female Minifigure Set project. Alatariel’s female Minifig scientists were designed not only to expand the amount of female Minifigs in the world, but also to show younger generations that women can hold awesome science jobs like astronomer, paleontologist, and chemist. Alatariel gained the support of the Brave Girls Alliance, and 42,047 other people, all of whom signed a petition in an attempt to move the project forward into a LEGO reality. In June 2014, the idea became much more when LEGO announced that they’d be turning Alatariel’s idea into an actual LEGO product that kids can play with and be inspired by! The Research Institute of women minifigs is available now at the LEGO shop and includes paleontologist, astronomer and chemist minifigures along with paleontology, astronomy, and chemistry scenes on a 6×6 baseplate. With the set, kids everywhere can gain insight into the world of natural science and experience fun LEGO science activities like discovering new stars and planets through the telescope, studying the dinosaur skeleton up close, and concocting new formulas in the chemist’s lab. Bonus, there’s even more fun to be had because these rocking female scientists have their own Twitter account now that includes an ongoing story about the work they’re doing.
@LegoAcademics, is a their Twitter account, through which they share the goings-on at the Lego Research Institute as they take on the challenges of modern academia. According to CNET, “Donna Yates, the person behind the Lego Academics account, is an archaeologist in a criminology department at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She draws on her own academic experience and those of her close friends to fuel the minifigs’ humorous Twitter escapades.” Yates is apparently one of the lucky individuals who managed to score one of the Research Institute sets before it sold out in the USA and UK. Yates’ LegoAcademics account shows, in images, how the tiny science-minded minifigs tackle a host of academic challenges, such as the peer-review process — as well as less stressful topics including leftover conference food, or relaxing after work with some drinks. Though the Research Institute of women minifigs collection is currently sold out, we’re hoping LEGO brings them back so that kids all over the world can be inspired by women working in the field of science.