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We bring you a regular little round up of cool things we've seen on the internet we think you might like. You know, just to keep you in the loop... 

It's International Women's Day this week. We're marking the occasion by applauding Lego's plans to launch a 'Women of NASA' model set that honours the often overlooked contributions of women scientists and astronauts to the NASA space program.

Submitted to the Lego Ideas blog by American science writer Maia Weinstock, the work-in-progress idea for the 'Women of NASA' set features five accomplished women from NASA history; Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut in space; Katherine Johnson, a physicist and mathematician who contributed to the Apollo mission; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Margaret Hamilton, a computer scientist and systems engineer who developed software for the Apollo mission; and Nancy Grace Roman, an astronomer best known for her work with the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Ms. Wienstock hopes the set will help children and adults learn about the history of women in science, technology and engineering and wants young girls in particular to feel inspired to pursue STEM subjects. There is no official launch date for the 'Women of NASA' YET, but keep your eyes peeled! 

Now isn't this great? I Can Speak With Shapes is a picture book with a fun twist. Created by designer Bruce Usher and illustrator Antti Kalevi, the book appears to be a colourful, beautifully put together picture book exploring shape and form - but discover the special key at the back of the book and you'll find the shapes make up a visual alphabet. Re-read and crack the code to reveal a poem about interpretation, meaning and different ways of reading and seeing! Clever, right? We can't wait to get our hands on a copy. 

What do you get when you cross architecture with graphic design and fairytales? Well, you get Federico Babina's excellent (re)imaginings of favourite childhood characters as buildings, of course! As part of his project, 'Architale', Federico has designed the homes of a whole bunch of fairytale favourites. We quite fancy paying Snow White and pals a visit! You can see more on his website. Enjoy...

And this week we leave you with this... The Joyous String Quartet, of the Joyous Music School New York, perform Katy Perry's teeny-bop favourite, 'Firework'. We dare you not to grin at your screen while watching this! Thanks to The Kids Should See This for the intro. You can see more performances by these pint-sized musicians on YouTube here

 

 

SOURCES

Lego Ideas Blog

Maia Weinstock

Mashable

It's Nice That

Bruce Usher

Antti Kalevi

Demilked

Federico Babina

The Kids Should See This

The Joyous Music School

 

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