Moments after I got the news about the new American Girl Luciana Vega, I went upstairs to find Quincy and Edison playing astronaut.
I haven’t told them about American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year™, Luciana Vega™, but I have the feeling they are both going to be really excited. I won’t blame them. I’m excited too. I’ve seen all of the amazing things from her collection, and it’s going to be hard to choose!
Luciana is a creative, confident 11-year-old girl of Chilean descent with a serious science streak, who loves the idea of exploring new territories in space. She’s an 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.
5 reasons we can’t wait to meet American Girl Luciana Vega
1. She’s going to teach girls defy stereotypes, and embrace risks that will teach them about failure and success.
2. She gets to go to Space Camp® (and I love her Mars Habitat!)
3. She’s going to get girls excited about space and STEM careers.
4. I’m pretty sure she has a robot dog in her Maker Station and I want it to come live at my house.
5. The team at American Girl not only worked with NASA but also went to Space Camp® to ensure the accuracy of Luciana’s story.
Meet American Girl Luciana Vega on January 1
To celebrate her launch, AG is hosting Luciana debut events at its retail locations nationwide on January 1. The event features interactive science demonstrations, a Moon Phase craft, galaxy-inspired treats, and a free Luciana doll tee to take home. For more details, visit americangirl.com/retail.
Other Luciana-related initiatives being held throughout the year include the following:
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 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. 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.
Luciana Online Play: Girls can visit americangirl.com/play/girl-of-the-year/luciana/ to read excerpts from the Luciana books and enjoy fun space-inspired activities.
American Girl WorldApp: 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 later in January 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.