Luciana Vega is American Girl's 2018 Girl of the Year

Have you heard the news? American Girl's Girl of the Year doll for 2018 made her debut on Good Morning America today! GOTY 2018 s Luciana Vega, an 11 year-old who wants to become the first person on Mars. There are so many things about Luciana that I am excited about. First, she is a girl of color; based on her name, I would guess that she has Hispanic heritage.  Second, she is a STEM kid! We seem to be entering an age (in the US at least) where science and facts are being minimized and discredited, so having Luciana be someone who loves science is going to mean the world to girls who are growing up in a world where research funding is being cut and scientific evidence is being denied.

Luciana's story includes a trip to space camp, which means her product line will include cool accessories like a space suit and a Mars habitat. American Girl actually works with a task force of NASA scientists -- and they all happen to be female! How cool is that?! Even my 16 year-old daughter is impressed and inspired by that factoid!

If you happen to live near an American Girl store, you're in luck: to celebrate Luciana's arrival, all stores are hosting launch events on January one. Drop by the American Girl store to learn more  about Luciana’s story and watch interactive science demonstrations, test your lunar knowledge with a fun Moon Phase craft, nibble on galaxy-inspired treats, and take home a doll tee that Luciana would think is out of this world (while supplies last). What a great way to start the New Year!

Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post.  The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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