There can be no better time for Luciana Vega to be introduced as the American Girl’s ‘Girl of the Year 2018’. The 11-year-old aspiring astronaut of Chilean descent is here to teach girls to reach for the stars and maybe one day travel to them.
American Girl introduced Luciana Vega after collaborating with NASA in an effort to encourage more girls to take an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The newest doll in the American Girl collection is “creative and confident with a serious science streak.” She is also described as a “caring friend, resilient change-maker, and thought leader.”
All young girls are encouraged to help Luciana Vega reach her dream of landing on Mars. A key competent of this doll’s story is the ability to see failure as an opportunity to learn and improve – a critical feature of science experimentation.
In homage to Luciana Vega’s Chilean roots there is travel to the Atacama Desert planned. Atacama Desert topography has been compared to Mars, and is where real astronauts go to train for travel to Mars.
In typical American Girl fashion there are different add-ons for the doll, that includes a pricey Mars Habitat, and flight suits.
The real value here is the Scholastic-chapter book series focuses on Vega’s journey from Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama to eventually Mars. There are also several interactive science demonstrations and educational programs geared for 5th-grade girls.
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