SUPER COOL: MIT graduate/hacker/engineer Limor Fried has designed a “hacker space” LEGO set, & SPARK got to interview her about her design, her experience, and girls in STEM! Check it out:
Tell us a little bit about what motivated you to create this LEGO set. Why should people vote for your design?
Imagine a young kid getting a LEGO set that has modern “maker tools” like 3D printers, laser cutters, pick-and-place machines and knowing that(‘s a) real career and real thing they can do. That’s the biggest motivation, I think boys are usually exposed and encouraged more frequently for engineering. For example, the Girl Scouts do not have a robotics badge, but the Boy Scouts do. So when I saw some of the LEGO controversies recently about LEGO for girls, I thought I could help create an example of something I’d like to see if I was a little girl again.
At Adafruit we have my workshop, made from LEGO, it’s “Ladyada’s workshop” but it’s also been called a “Hackerspace”. We took some photos and submitted it to LEGO’s CUUSOO site. If we get 10,000 votes LEGO will consider making it a real LEGO set!
We’re up to about 1,800+ votes, so this is where I need everyone’s help. After you log in to the site, you can support it and so far we’ve been climbing up the charts.