PHIL HACKETT

Design a Science Set

In LEGO Creator, you read about Maia Weinstock, who designed the new “Women of NASA” LEGO set. Follow the design process below to come up with your own STEM-focused mini-figure set. Then enter your idea in our contest!

STATE YOUR OBJECTIVE

What is the theme of your set? Which real-life scientists would it feature, and why? Why do you think kids will be interested in building this set? Research your idea to find out as much as you can. Write an explanation of your idea and the scientists, objects, and settings. Include information about the constraints.

BRAINSTORM SOLUTIONS

Think about how you could turn your idea from step 1 into a reality. What parts—such as mini-figures, vehicles, props, and settings—will you need to build the set? Come up with several different designs. Write a detailed description of how each would look. You could also draw sketches or diagrams to help you envision your plan.

PLAN AND IMPROVE IT

Pick your best idea from step 2. Then pair up with a classmate and discuss your designs. Offer each other ideas on elements that might need to be tweaked or added to improve your sets.

OPTIMIZE YOUR DESIGN

Based on the feedback you received in step 3, make adjustments to your original design. Keep going back to the drawing board until you’re satisfied. Then enter your finished set’s design plan in our contest.

ANALYZE IT: Why might it be important for toys like LEGO’s “Women of NASA” set to highlight under-represented groups in STEM jobs?

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