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PHOTO OF WEEK: LEGO Launches Set of Toy Female Scientist Figurines

LEGO Responds to 7-Year-Old Charlotte’s Request for Girl Adventurers

After receiving a letter from Charlotte Benjamin, LEGO began to create a set of female
characters which show “girl people wanting to go on adventures” as this 7-year-old requested.
Their newest collection is called the Research Institute Play Set reports ABC.

LEGOS Female Scientist Figurines

The set was created by geophysicist Ellen Kooijman and includes an astronomer,
a paleontologist and a chemist. Our TWE story about Vice President and
@InnovationDean Mitzi Montoya at Arizona State University reported the need for
more toys from companies like LEGO that would appeal to and inspire young girls.

Congrats to the LEGO company and Ms. Kooijman
for creating this new ‘Institute’!


Innovation Dean Mitzi Montoya on Rock Stars in STEM

Mitzi Montoya, ASU Dean of Innovation at 85 Broads Luncheon 3/3/14

Mitzi Montoya, ASU’s Innovation Dean, speaking at 85 Broads Arizona luncheon 3/3/14
Photo: Bob McCarroll

By Pamela Burke/March 30, 2014

Recently I attended an 85 Broads Arizona “Amazing Women” event that featured a TED-like talk by Mitzi Montoya, Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Arizona State University. She made me understand the meaning and importance of STEM, especially for young girls who are growing up in a world where these sciences are essential to their future choice of profession.

“STEM is about innovation. And it’s not just about getting a degree in Science and Technology, Engineering and Math. It’s about being STEM literate. That’s the foundation of future innovation and innovators. These are people who make a difference and they make things that matter.”   Mitzi Montoya @innovationdean

Dean Montoya’s call to action is to get involved and after you read her speech, you’ll know why. We don’t usually post talks but this is one we wanted to share. Here’s Mitzi Montoya…. [Read more…]