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Stargazer Lottie

Six year old Abigail has designed Stargazer Lottie doll, who is traveling to the International Space Station with British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake. The Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll is a creation of London-based toyco, Arklu, and is a collaboration with the European Space Agency, and winner of the space.com ‘Little Scientist’ Space Age Award at the New York Toy Fair 2015.

6 year old Abigail is the star of a short video by female filmmaker Elena Rossini about the girl who has designed the first doll to go into space. Stargazer Lottie will visit the International Space Station along with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake in December 2015, travelling ahead on board Orbital ATK's “S.S. Deke Slayton II” Cygnus cargo spacecraft.

Abigail’s idea for an astronomy themed doll to help other kids learn about space was the inspiration behind the Stargazer Lottie doll. During her time on board the ISS, Stargazer Lottie will fulfil her mission to get kids interested in space. Supplemental materials are available to download from the lottie.com website, including biographies of notable women in astronomy, and educational activities created by UNAWE, the global science educational outreach programme.

Abigail explains her passion for space Video link here [4.58 total length]

[0.27] “Sometimes I look up and think…maybe I could go up there one day…or could I somehow see what’s up there”
[3.43] “So maybe one day I will go and see many stars, even more than I saw from earth, and I will just say to myself …wow! How lucky am I to be living”

The Lottie doll line was launched in 2012 by Arklu cofounders Lucie Follett and Ian Harkin, has won several industry awards on account of its innovative focus on being a doll with a realistic body shape and emphasis on activities that stimulate imaginative play. Lottie is now on sale in 30 countries.


NOTES TO EDITORS
The Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll retails at £19.95 (USD $24.95)

Lottie doll retails at £16.95 (USD $19.95); accessory sets and outfit sets retail at £7.99 (USD $9.99)

In the UK; available online at www.lottie.com, Amazon, Debenhams, Ocado and independent toy stores
In the US: available online at www.lottie.com, Amazon, over 1000 independent toy stores.

Hi res photos
Lo res photos
YouTube
For more information please visit: www.lottie.com please contact press@arklu.com

About Lottie:
Lottie™ is an alternative ‘pro girl’ doll for children aged 3- 8. Lottie is a positive take on childhood – she doesn’t wear make-up, jewellery or high heels and she can stand on her own two feet (...always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small!) She has soft, strokable hair and colourful clothes with high quality, quirky details.

Unlike other fashion dolls, Lottie’s body is also properly ‘childlike.’ Developed alongside leading British academics, Lottie’s body is based upon the proportions of a nine year old girl. Lottie’s many adventures, from ballet, getting muddy outdoors and imaginative play to stargazing, fossil-hunting, horse-riding and robot building, have all been inspired by children.
Lottie is all about letting children be themselves, not growing up too quickly, and presenting a healthy view on body image.

Since their launch in August 2012, Lottie dolls have received 28 international awards including 5 prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards, and are now on sale in over 30 countries. www.lottie.com

Arklu is a toy company, headed up by co founders Ian Harkin and Lucie Follett, based in Ireland (Letterkenny, Co Donegal) and London, UK.

European Space Agency (ESA)
The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe's gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 20 are Member States of the EU.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.
Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int

UNAWE
Supplemental materials are available to download from the lottie.com website, including biographies of notable women in astronomy, and educational activities created by UNAWE, the global science educational outreach programme.

Universe Awareness (UNAWE) is a global educational programme that uses the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to encourage young children, particularly those from an underprivileged background, to have an interest in science and technology and foster their sense of global citizenship from an early age. The programme is active in 61 countries and coordinated by Leiden University in the Netherlands. For more information visit www.unawe.org


Dr Karen Masters
‘Real-life’ female astronomy role model Dr Karen Masters, Reader in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK, provided Arklu with ongoing guidance to ensure that the doll and packaging were scientifically accurate while keeping the feel of a toy.

Reader in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK

Elena Rossini
Elena Rossini is an Italian filmmaker, photographer and multimedia producer. Rossini's work focuses on issues of social justice, media representation, and the empowerment of women and girls. Her most recent film is the critically acclaimed documentary The Illusionists, about the globalization of beauty ideals. Rossini frequently speaks at conferences around the world – most recently Women of the World in London, the 3% Conference in San Francisco, InspireFest in Dublin, Art Night Venezia, and APIDays in Paris and Berlin.
www.elenarossini.comSix year old Abigail has designed Stargazer Lottie doll, who is traveling to the International Space Station with British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake. The Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll is a creation of London-based toyco, Arklu, and is a collaboration with the European Space Agency, and winner of the space.com ‘Little Scientist’ Space Age Award at the New York Toy Fair 2015.

6 year old Abigail is the star of a short video by female filmmaker Elena Rossini about the girl who has designed the first doll to go into space. Stargazer Lottie will visit the International Space Station along with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake in December 2015, travelling ahead on board Orbital ATK's “S.S. Deke Slayton II” Cygnus cargo spacecraft.

Abigail’s idea for an astronomy themed doll to help other kids learn about space was the inspiration behind the Stargazer Lottie doll. During her time on board the ISS, Stargazer Lottie will fulfil her mission to get kids interested in space. Supplemental materials are available to download from the lottie.com website, including biographies of notable women in astronomy, and educational activities created by UNAWE, the global science educational outreach programme.

Abigail explains her passion for space Video link here [4.58 total length]

[0.27] “Sometimes I look up and think…maybe I could go up there one day…or could I somehow see what’s up there”
[3.43] “So maybe one day I will go and see many stars, even more than I saw from earth, and I will just say to myself …wow! How lucky am I to be living”

The Lottie doll line was launched in 2012 by Arklu cofounders Lucie Follett and Ian Harkin, has won several industry awards on account of its innovative focus on being a doll with a realistic body shape and emphasis on activities that stimulate imaginative play. Lottie is now on sale in 30 countries.


NOTES TO EDITORS
The Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll retails at £19.95 (USD $24.95)

Lottie doll retails at £16.95 (USD $19.95); accessory sets and outfit sets retail at £7.99 (USD $9.99)

In the UK; available online at www.lottie.com, Amazon, Debenhams, Ocado and independent toy stores
In the US: available online at www.lottie.com, Amazon, over 1000 independent toy stores.

Hi res photos
Lo res photos
YouTube
For more information please visit: www.lottie.com please contact press@arklu.com

About Lottie:
Lottie™ is an alternative ‘pro girl’ doll for children aged 3- 8. Lottie is a positive take on childhood – she doesn’t wear make-up, jewellery or high heels and she can stand on her own two feet (...always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small!) She has soft, strokable hair and colourful clothes with high quality, quirky details.

Unlike other fashion dolls, Lottie’s body is also properly ‘childlike.’ Developed alongside leading British academics, Lottie’s body is based upon the proportions of a nine year old girl. Lottie’s many adventures, from ballet, getting muddy outdoors and imaginative play to stargazing, fossil-hunting, horse-riding and robot building, have all been inspired by children.
Lottie is all about letting children be themselves, not growing up too quickly, and presenting a healthy view on body image.

Since their launch in August 2012, Lottie dolls have received 28 international awards including 5 prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards, and are now on sale in over 30 countries. www.lottie.com

Arklu is a toy company, headed up by co founders Ian Harkin and Lucie Follett, based in Ireland (Letterkenny, Co Donegal) and London, UK.

European Space Agency (ESA)
The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe's gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 20 are Member States of the EU.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.
Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int

UNAWE
Supplemental materials are available to download from the lottie.com website, including biographies of notable women in astronomy, and educational activities created by UNAWE, the global science educational outreach programme.

Universe Awareness (UNAWE) is a global educational programme that uses the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to encourage young children, particularly those from an underprivileged background, to have an interest in science and technology and foster their sense of global citizenship from an early age. The programme is active in 61 countries and coordinated by Leiden University in the Netherlands. For more information visit www.unawe.org


Dr Karen Masters
‘Real-life’ female astronomy role model Dr Karen Masters, Reader in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK, provided Arklu with ongoing guidance to ensure that the doll and packaging were scientifically accurate while keeping the feel of a toy.

Reader in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK

Elena Rossini
Elena Rossini is an Italian filmmaker, photographer and multimedia producer. Rossini's work focuses on issues of social justice, media representation, and the empowerment of women and girls. Her most recent film is the critically acclaimed documentary The Illusionists, about the globalization of beauty ideals. Rossini frequently speaks at conferences around the world – most recently Women of the World in London, the 3% Conference in San Francisco, InspireFest in Dublin, Art Night Venezia, and APIDays in Paris and Berlin.
www.elenarossini.com

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