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Luciana Vega American Girl Doll 2018 Girl of the Year
Last time we went on an American Girl adventure, Reese and I were at Pearl Harbor. The experience was amazing, but we had the chance to embark on another journey with my American girl and her American Girl doll, Luciana Vega, the 2018 Girl of The Year doll Reese totally relates to her because she’s into science and the doll is too. Luciana Vega’s dream is to land on Mars. I’m not quite sure Reese is aiming for the same goal, but I do know that she is obsessed with all things science and outer space. Because of that, there was one place I knew we just HAD TO go while we were in Alabama….Space Camp! American Girl Space Camp
Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Located in Huntsville, Space Camp is currently home to America’s second largest research park. It all started in 1945 when Dr. Wernher von Braun and his rocket team arrived in America under a military contract to make ballistic rockets. The location in Huntsville was deemed the best place for this work after a brief stint in Texas. It is here in Huntsville that the first rockets and satellites ever created on the planet were built to orbit our Earth. It’s also where the Saturn V rocket launched the Apollo astronauts to the moon for that huge historic moment in American history. American Girl Space Camp
American Girl Space Camp
Linked with Luciana Vega, it helps girls realize they can be anything they dream of being. I find this inspiring in a world where men still dominate. Women can become great things including astronauts, which is why I adored this American Girl program because this age group that Reese is in is very impressionable and it makes all the right impressions along with Luciana to inspire greatness in all of our girls. American Girl Space Camp
Space Camp has plenty more programs though so if you’re reading this and you have boys that aren’t interested in dolls or you yourself are interested in attending, there’s truly something for everyone. Regular Space Camp lasts a week as well and is for boys and girls ages 9 to 11. Your kids can try out the 1/6th Gravity Chair, the Five Degrees of Freedom simulator and the Multi-Axis Trainer like we did, plus build and launch model rockets, design a Martian colony, and so much more while building team skills and making friends. American Girl Space Camp
Robotics Camp is also way cool. Reese got a hands-on experience and built her own robot. Then she got to test it out! The week-long version of this program is for ages 9 to 11 and includes things like building and piloting underwater robots and learning all about engineering by getting in on the action.
Don’t be jealous of your kids though. You can enroll in the 3-day long Adult Space Camp program for adults 18 and up only…no kids allowed! Train like an astronaut on the Multi-Axis Trainer, build and launch your own rocket, make friends and teambuilding skills on the Low Elements Ropes Course, and much more.
Now that we’re back, I can’t help but look up at the stars even more. It’s still just as magical even when you know more about the world outside of our world. Reese hasn’t stopped talking about our visit to Space Camp and hopes to be like Luciana and the women astronauts she met while we were there.
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