Executing its part to encourage girls to get into subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathametics (STEM), NASA has launched an educational virtual tour for students that show the careers of seven women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.
NASA’s Modern Figures tour, created in partnership with the 20th Century Fox film Hidden Figures, is the space agency’s first themed career guide.
Available on Google’s free expeditions app and viewed using Google Cardboard, the tour includes a 3D-virtual look at a 100,000-square-foot aircraft hangar, simulated Martian landscape, a space flight operations facility among many others.
The women from the tour work as material scientists, launch directors and software engineers.
The release of the tour follows a 2016 Space Act Agreement between NASA and Google to improve education and public engagement. More such tours are expected follow that would include a 3D one of the International Space Station and one of NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter.
This isn’t NASA’s first attempt to reach girls through play. Just last week, Lego announced a partnership with the space agency to release a Women of NASA set.