“While shopping for family and friends’ children, I saw a clear distinction in gender-based toys, as well as a lack of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics based toys,” Verba said. “I wanted to find a way to stimulate young minds.”
The design includes female and male geologists and the “obligatory geology dog.” Together, the team explores a crystal cave.
If Verba’s set gains 10,000 supporters within 300 days, Lego will consider manufacturing her design.
The design is currently backed by over 2,500 people on the website.
Verba, from Pendleton, has been interested in science since grade school but didn’t have many Legos growing up, which is why she’s especially excited about her proposal.
“I would have loved to play with sets with actual science jobs,” she said. “Lego may have inadvertently assisted me toward a science career as Lego taught me critical thinking skills, to create designs.”
Verba has studied geochemistry of engineered rock systems since getting her PhD in geochemistry from the University of Oregon in 2013. She is already working on another idea for a Lego set.