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|Maia Weinstock is an editor, writer, and producer of science and children's media. She is the deputy editor at MIT News, the news outlet of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, Maia served as the editorial director and news director at BrainPOP, an award-winning maker of educational videos, games, and other digital learning content. She has also worked as an editor and reporter for outlets such as Discover, SPACE.com, Aviation Week & Space Technology, and Scholastic's Science World.
Maia is a strong advocate for girls and women, particularly in the areas of science, technology, politics, and athletics. She writes most often on gender and diversity issues, STEM education and media, space exploration, the environment, music, and giant anteaters. She is internationally known for her LEGO projects including Women of NASA, a proposed set on LEGO Ideas; the Legal Justice League, a set featuring the women of the U.S. Supreme Court; and Scitweeps, a collection of scientist and engineer minifigures. Maia has also led a number of efforts to increase the participation and representation of women on Wikipedia. She enjoys collecting and promoting scientific artwork and watching and creating documentary films. Additional vital stats: Cantabrigian. Night owl. Contralto. INFJ. Throws right, bats left. Glass half-full.