The little girl in me was just THRILLED when I heard the news of the American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year, Luciana Vega, a young Latina and aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go to Mars. Who am I kidding, the grown-up in me was just as excited!
American Girl is definitely on the right path with their continued passion of inspiring girls and their newest addition, Luciana, is right in line with showing girls that they too can reach for the stars.
Luciana is the latest in 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. And, while Luciana 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.
As a parent, it is truly important to me that my kids understand that they may be faced with obstacles and/or challenges in life but that should never stop them from going for things and achieving their goals. I’m also grateful that American Girl is showing our kids that being a good leader goes hand-in-hand with being able to work as part of team!
“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.”
You can also read about Luciana’s story in a chapter book series written by Erin Teagan and published by Scholastic. The first two books, available now, introduce readers to Luciana, who is 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.
To further 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 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.
Here are some more ways you can discover with American Girl’s Luciana!
Luciana Online Play: Girls can visit play.americangirl.com/play/girl-of-the-year/luciana/ to read excerpts from the Luciana books and enjoy fun space-inspired activities.
American Girl World™ App: Fans can step into the worlds of Luciana and their other favorite American Girl characters and experience their stories in a whole new way. The app is available to download through the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Kindle.
Luciana-Themed Space Camp: Girls and their families can train just like astronauts—including taking a tumble spin in the Multi-Axis Trainer and designing a robot—at a special Girl of the Year experience created in partnership with Space Camp starting in summer 2018.
American Girl is also sponsoring 20 scholarships to attend Space Camp. To learn more, visit americangirl.com/meetluciana.
The Luciana collection is available now, through American Girl’s catalogue; at americangirl.com; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; and at American Girl specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ locations in Canada and online at Indigo.ca.
The Luciana books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers, and select Luciana products will also be available at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center gift shop. To request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005; to join the company’s loyalty program, AG Rewards, go to americangirl.com/REWARDS.
Don’t forget to enter below, for your chance to win your very own American Girl Doll of the Year 2018, Luciana Vega. GOOD LUCK!
*Disclosure: I was provided product for giveaway purposes. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.