Welcome Luciana Vega, the 2018 Girl of the Year.
My youngest is beyond estatic to have the American Girl of the Year Luciana Vega. As her mom, I am pretty psyched too as she represents science and all the wonderful dreams that come with it. Her story shares that she is 11-year-old girl who dreams of being the first person to visit Mars. To make this dream be as authentic as possible, American Girl worked with NASA, including a task force of advisors such as Dr. Ellen Stofan, former NASA Chief Scientist; Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center; Dr. Megan McArthur Behnken, NASA Astronaut; and Maureen O’Brien, Manager of Strategic Alliances at NASA.
Luciana has a Mars habitat and a flight suit These are definitely firsts for American Girl and I am totally in love with the fact that they are making STEM-based stories for girls to think and dream about.
The weather has been cold in NY but my daughter wanted to take Luciana Vega to the park to help her prepare for her trip to Mars. This is exactly what girls need. American Girl sets the stage and storyline and girls all over use their imagination for imaginative play. Luciana’s world comes to life via a beautiful 18-inch Luciana™ doll, featuring warm brown eyes, medium skin, and dark brown hair with a distinctive purple streak to show off her creative side. MY daughter is absolutely in love with her purple streak.
One minute, we were swinging hoops to go through training that would help her with space and the next minute, she was holding her lovingly like a mom would. This is why the American Girl dolls are so special.
When you read Luciana’s story, you learn a lot about her character. While she has the skills and smarts to achieve her goals, she also learns that being a good leader and team player right here on Earth is the best first step. Luciana’s story is chronicled in a chapter book series written by Erin Teagan and published by Scholastic. The first two books, available now, introduce readers to Luciana, a young girl of Chilean descent with a serious science streak, who loves the idea of exploring new territories in space. After winning a scholarship to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, Luciana is thrilled to launch her dream of landing on Mars. But as she ascends from Space Camp kid to youth astronaut trainee, she faces many challenges that test her competitive spirit and self-confidence, and she must find the courage to embrace the unknown with bravery, curiosity, and wonder.
“We’re proud to introduce fans to American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year, Luciana Vega—a champion of STEM and a natural-born leader who puts her whole heart into making her dreams a reality,” says Katy Dickson, president of American Girl. “Luciana is a role model for today’s girls—empowering them to defy stereotypes and embrace risks that will teach them about failure and success as they chart their own course in life—whatever the goal. For us, it’s all about building girls of strong character, and it’s why we’re continuing to encourage girls to lead change and embrace #charactercounts.”
To engage girls and boys with Luciana’s message, American Girl—in partnerships with Scholastic, NASA, and Space Camp—has funded Blast Off to Discovery, an educational program to help third through fifth-grade students explore the wonder of space through Luciana-inspired content, including STEM-based lesson plans and classroom activities, videos, a game, and more. The program will be available on www.scholastic.com starting January 31, 2018. In addition, American Girl and Scholastic will host a Mission to Mars Sweepstakes where families can go on a series of weekly missions for a chance to win several prizes, including a grand prize trip to Space Camp valued at over $2,000.
We are so happy to offer one lucky Raising Three Savvy Ladies’ reader Luciana Vega, the 2018 Girl of the Year.