Lego's new Women of NASA set celebrates space exploration FEATURE
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Figurines to inspire the next generation of girls in STEM.

Lego has just released four new figurines and three dioramas in their Women of NASA set. The National Science Foundation reported in 2016 that while women comprise half of the total United States college-educated workforce, only 29% work in science and engineering. Showing positive female scientist role models can inspire many and aid in filling the STEM gender gap for the future.

The female scientists and astronauts included in this new set include Nancy Grace Roman, one of the creators of the Hubble Space Telescope, Margaret Hamilton, the lead software designer for the Apollo 11 moon landing, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space.

Honoring these #WomenofNasa with this new Lego set has people all over Twitter reacting with delight and excitement.

Cisco works to encourage girls in STEM and support and engage women in the workforce. The company's Connected Women group helps thousands of employees network and build communities. The group also reaches out to young women, recently connecting with San Jose State University to bring female Cisco workers to speak with students.

Working with young women in science and engineering fields is a crucial part of Cisco's vision. The annual Girls Power Tech event joins Cisco sites around the world by holding events that inspire students to pursue STEM.

Some things that the girls could experience through these events is hearing speakers, tours, learning about STEM job roles, one-on-one mentorship sessions and more. Using Cisco tech like TelePresence allows the attendees to hear from experts and other students from around the world.

To learn more about Cisco's work with Girls Power Tech and how you can get involved, please click here.

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Stephanie Ellen Chan is the Editorial and Video Producer at Cisco. She has a passion for writing about the intersection of culture, media, art, and technology.