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Meet American Girl's girl of the year, future astronaut Luciana Vega

Meet American Girl's girl of the year, future astronaut Luciana Vega

American Girl says Luciana Vega is the first character to take a deep dive into science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. "For us, it's all about building girls of strong character, and it's why we're continuing to encourage girls to lead change".

The company announced that its latest little lady, the 2018 Girl of the Year, is named Luciana Vega and "dreams of being the first person to go to Mars", according to a statement. MY GOD, what I would have done to get this doll in 1996.

In addition to the doll, American Girl has partnered up with Scholastic, NASA, and Space Camp to fund an educational program to help third, fourth, and fifth grade students explore the wonder of space through Luciana-inspired content, including STEM-based lesson plans and classroom activities, videos, games, and more.

The team at American Girl doll was so committed to getting everything right they even worked with NASA employees while developing the doll.

The 2018 "Girl of the Year", an aspiring astronaut named Luciana Vega, will have her own line of products including this Maker Station.

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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'.

The 2018 “Girl of the Year,” an aspiring astronaut named Luciana Vega will have her own line of products including this Maker Station
The 2018 “Girl of the Year,” an aspiring astronaut named Luciana Vega will have her own line of products including this Maker Station

The doll's special event, which will be held at the American Girl store within the mall, will run from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. January 1. For the first nine months of 2017, American Girl reported sales of $234 million.

"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", Katy Dickson, president of American Girl, said in a statement. American Girl fans can also connect with the doll through a smartphone app and a series of books published by Scholastic.

The Luciana Vega doll goes on sale online and at American Girl retail locations, including Alderwood Mall, on January 1.

Those stories detail more about the 'natural born leader, ' and follow her as she wins a scholarship to space camp in Alabama.

The accessories for the doll include a Mars habitat and a spacesuit and the company collaborated with a former NASA scientist and former astronaut on the character's design. Last year, a doll called Gabriela McBride - a dancer, artist and poet - became the first African-American "Girl of the Year".

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