American Girl Truly Nailed It With The 2018 Girl Of The Year

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American Girl put a Space Age spin on the centuries-old tradition of dress-up dolls today by unveiling a spacesuit-clad character named Luciana Vega as its "Girl of the Year" for 2018.

Excited girls in Space Camp uniforms were waiting on set when the 18-inch high Luciana Vega made her appearance, descending from above.

American Girl said that to ensure the accuracy of the doll's storyline, an invited advisory board includes Ellen Stofan, former NASA chief scientist; Deborah Barnhart, executive director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center; Megan McArthur Behnken, a NASA astronaut, and Maureen O'Brien, manager of strategic alliances at NASA. Each of the girls received a Luciana doll and learned more about her story.

According to American Girl, Luciana is the first doll whose character truly embraces science, technology, engineering, and math, referred to as STEM for short.

In addition to technical advice, NASA provided imagery and content for a new American Girl app and educational website. She continued that she always wanted to encourage children to pursue their dreams, it doesn't matter how big they are, and she thinks that it will help to show that those dreams can turn into reality for any child.

American Girl's editors and designers visited NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., to get acquainted with astronauts as well as Space Camp trainees.

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'I've been in space and fixed the Hubble space telescope, so I have some perspective on how we use robotics, how we train for robotics'.

American Girl debuted its line of dolls and elaborate accessories in 1986, with much success.

We're sure you're as eager as we are to order Luciana for the little one in your life ASAP, but she won't go on sale until January 1.

Girls can dive even deeper into Luciana's story with the chapter book series that introduces them to the young, curious girl of Chilean descent who is fascinated by space exploration.

"Way to go AG another Hispanic doll, this one involved in STEM, we can conquer the world if we work hard!"

Taking it a step further, American Girl partnered with Scholastic, NASA and Space Camp to launch "Blast off to Discover", a STEM program for kids inspired by Luciana's story who want to learn about space through activities, videos and games.

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