NASA American Girl Doll Hits Stores Jan. 1 - And Mars When?

30 December, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • NASA American Girl to work on astronaut doll Luciana Vega

The Luciana doll comes with a nebula-patterned dress and silver iridescent shoes.

This agreement is an excellent opportunity for the young generation to educate by the inspiring story of 11 years old girl Luciana.

American Girl has released some pretty incredible dolls over the previous year, including Melody Ellison (a civil rights-era doll), Suzie "Z" Yang (the first Korean-American doll), Nanea Mitchell (a doll from Pearl Harbor-era Hawaii), and even Logan Everett (the first American Boy).

To develop Luciana's story and product line, American Girl worked with three women in the STEM field: a NASA Astronaut, a former NASA chief scientist and the CEO of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. "I always want to encourage girls and boys to pursue their dreams, no matter how big, and I think it helps to show how those dreams can become reality for any kid".

There's no word yet on how much Luciana will set parents back, but the pricey dolls usually go for between $60 and $115 - and that doesn't include accessories. When girls download the American Girl app, they can scan her catalog to unlock space simulations, quizzes, challenges and more exclusive content. In a press release, the agency explains their involvement. The doll has brown eyes and dark hair, and a full product line including STEM-inspired outfits and accessories.

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American Girl announced its 2018 "Doll of the Year" as Luciana Vega, a STEM-loving 11-year-old who dreams of exploring Mars one day.

Behnken says, "I was able to follow Lucy through all of her story and adventures, and provide feedback from an astronaut's perspective on the authenticity of her story and the activities that she participated in", Behnken said.

'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 Luciana collection is available Jan.1 through American Girl's catalogue, at and at American Girl retail locations nationwide. President of American Girl Katy Dickson said Luciana is "a champion of STEM and a natural-born leader". Last year, Gabriela McBride, the first African-American Girl of the Year, also debuted on "Good Morning America".

Brainiac: 'Luciana is our first character that's really immersed in STEM, ' said Rebecca Dekuiper, a designer at American Girl.


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