One thing I strive to accomplish in my role of motherhood is to encourage the hopes and dreams of my kiddies. A while back, I asked them what they wanted to be when they get older, and Gemma said a mom, and to my surprise an astronaut! She could barely pronounce the word astronaut, which was the cutest thing ever. It’s not unusual for kids to long to be spaced explorers, but it was the first time I had ever heard her to ponder this idea. Her dream was sparked by a lesson plan from school. Knowing this, I was psyched to learn that the American Girl 2018 “Girl Of The Year” is an aspiring astronaut named, Luciana Vega.
Gemma literally went nuts when I introduced her to Luciana. She dug her cool galactic accessories, and absolutely loved the name Luciana, as it’s the same as one of her BFFs in school! She was so excited to tell her friend about the American Girl named after her too!
The 18″ Luciana doll has warm brown eyes, which open and close, straight dark-brown hair, with a bright purple streak (which is the coolest thing to Gemma). The little Luciana paperback book, compliments her signature outfit, a cosmic-print dress with attached vibrant red purse belt that she wears to Space Camp, a shiny holographic choker and special red star charm necklace she received as a baby, and a pair of silver lace-up boots.
And while Gemma loves the cool dress, she couldn’t wait to put on Luciana’s Flight Suit. This blue flight suit looks like the real thing, with a zippered front, authentic patches, and a pair of dark-blue shoes. Luciana also has a full Astronaut Space Suit, that I think I will surprise Gemma with for her birthday!
Luciana Vega is part of American Girl’s long line of inspiring characters that encourage girls to think about who they want to be and how they want to make their mark in the world—no matter the challenges they may face. In Luciana, girls will meet a creative, confident 11-year-old girl and aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go to Mars. And, 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.
Other STEM-inspired outfits, accessories, and products that reflect her Space Camp experience include Luciana’s Flight Suit and Space Suit, her Maker Station, and a Mars Habitat loaded with science and research essentials for hours of pretend play. To engage girls and boys with Luciana’s message, American Girl has partnered with Scholastic, NASA, and Space Camp—has funded Blast Off to Discovery, an educational program to help third though 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 and we can’t wait!
Super excited to give one SITC reader a chance to win the newest Girl Of The Year! Here’s to 2018!