See the toy designed by a 6-year-old that was literally launched into history.

Did you know you can create a tiny rocket using vinegar and baking soda?

If you didn't learn that in elementary school science class, take it from Abigail, a 6-year-old space geek with all the makings of a soon-to-be-great scientist.


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Abigail has a contagious fascination with all things science, but she has a particular passion for astronomy.

"Sometimes I look up and think ... could I somehow see what's up there?" she wondered in an interview with filmmaker Elena Rossini.

She was really cracking me up at this part.

Still, like most kids, she loves toys — especially ones that reflect her own curiosity and sense of adventure.


When she and her mom spotted Lottie Dolls (pictured above) in a local toy store, they were both really excited. They were perfect for a little doer like Abigail.

"The line is more focused on what the doll can do [and] take part in, rather than the way it looks," said Abigail's mom, Zoe.

They were so happy with the toys that Zoe wanted to thank the company, so she sent an email into the digital abyss. Lottie Dolls not only responded to the email, but co-founder Lucy Follett even reached out to learn more about Abigail.

As the company got to know the little astro girl, they were inspired to create a new "Stargazer" Lottie Doll, and Abigail got to design it.

Toys like Lottie Dolls do for kids what parents want: encourage them to learn and be who they are — kids.

"Stargazer comes with the planets, which every child loves to put in order. It's like a little puzzle," said Zoe. "And she's wearing clothing that a child would wear to go outside and look at the stars as well, so she's a natural companion."

Rossini was contacted by Lottie Dolls to tell the story of Stargazer after tweeting some praise for the company's amazing products.

She told Upworthy this was "the most amazing" project she's done yet. "I did have a fair share of cool jobs in the past, but this assignment stood out for its great potential to inspire young girls," said Rossini.

This story isn't just about one little girl. It's about an entire generation of girls.

A U.S. Department of Education study found that female high school graduates are less likely to "like" science and mathematics.

And women who graduate from college are even less likely to enter STEM careers than men — even those who finish with STEM degrees.


Chart by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The U.S. Department of Commerce notes several reasons for this gender divide:

"There are many possible factors contributing to the discrepancy of women and men in STEMjobs, including: a lack of female role models, gender stereotyping, and less family-friendlyflexibility in the STEM fields. Regardless of the causes, the findings of this report provide evidenceof a need to encourage and support women in STEM. "

Lottie Dolls' founders know how crucial it is to get more girls stoked for science. So they came up with a brilliant way to launch the product.

In a collaboration with the European Space Agency, Lottie Dolls sent Stargazer to space. Yes, outer bleep-bloopin' space.

On Dec. 6, Abigail's doll joined British astronaut Tim Peake on a ride to the International Space Station, becoming the first doll in Earth's orbit.

Now that's what I call a product launch.

Watch Elena Rossini's short film for Lottie Dolls:

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On an old episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in July 1992, Oprah put her audience through a social experiment that puts racism in a new light. Despite being nearly two decades old, it's as relevant today as ever.

She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

Staff were instructed to be extra polite to brown-eyed people and to discriminate against blue-eyed people. Her guest for that day's show was diversity expert Jane Elliott, who helped set up the experiment and played along, explaining that brown-eyed people were smarter than blue-eyed people.

Watch the video to see how this experiment plays out.

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Cadbury has removed the words from its Dairy Milk chocolate bars in the U.K. to draw attention to a serious issue, senior loneliness.

On September 4, Cadbury released the limited-edition candy bars in supermarkets and for every one sold, the candy giant will donate 30p (37 cents) to Age UK, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the elderly.

Cadbury was prompted to help the organization after it was revealed that 225,000 elderly people in the UK often go an entire week without speaking to another person.

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Young people today are facing what seems to be greater exposure to complex issues like mental health, bullying, and youth violence. As a result, teachers are required to be well-versed in far more than school curriculum to ensure students are prepared to face the world inside and outside of the classroom. Acting as more than teachers, but also mentors, counselors, and cheerleaders, they must be equipped with practical and relevant resources to help their students navigate some of the more complicated social issues – though access to such tools isn't always guaranteed.

Take Dr. Jackie Sanderlin, for example, who's worked in the education system for over 25 years, and as a teacher for seven. Entering the profession, she didn't anticipate how much influence a student's home life could affect her classroom, including "students who lived in foster homes" and "lacked parental support."

Dr. Jackie Sanderlin, who's worked in the education system for over 25 years.

Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience, says it can be difficult to create engaging course work that's applicable to the challenges students face. "I think that sometimes, teachers don't know where to begin. Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning in their classrooms more relevant."

So what resources do teachers turn to in an increasingly fractured world? "Joining a professional learning network that supports and challenges thinking is one of the most impactful things that a teacher can do to support their own learning," Anglemyer says.

Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience.

A new program for teachers that offers this network along with other resources is the WE Teachers Program, an initiative developed by Walgreens in partnership with ME to WE and Mental Health America. WE Teachers provides tools and resources, at no cost to teachers, looking for guidance around the social issues related to poverty, youth violence, mental health, bullying, and diversity and inclusion. Through online modules and trainings as well as a digital community, these resources help them address the critical issues their students face.

Jessica Mauritzen, a high school Spanish teacher, credits a network of support for providing her with new opportunities to enrich the learning experience for her students. "This past year was a year of awakening for me and through support… I realized that I was able to teach in a way that built up our community, our school, and our students, and supported them to become young leaders," she says.

With the new WE Teachers program, teachers can learn to identify the tough issues affecting their students, secure the tools needed to address them in a supportive manner, and help students become more socially-conscious, compassionate, and engaged citizens.

It's a potentially life-saving experience for students, and in turn, "a great gift for teachers," says Dr. Sanderlin.

"I wish I had the WE Teachers program when I was a teacher because it provides the online training and resources teachers need to begin to grapple with these critical social issues that plague our students every day," she adds.

In addition to the WE Teachers curriculum, the program features a WE Teachers Award to honor educators who go above and beyond in their classrooms. At least 500 teachers will be recognized and each will receive a $500 Walgreens gift card, which is the average amount teachers spend out-of-pocket on supplies annually. Teachers can be nominated or apply themselves. To learn more about the awards and how to nominate an amazing teacher, or sign up for access to the teacher resources available through WE Teachers, visit walgreens.com/metowe.

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One of the major differences between women and men is that women are often judged based on their looks rather than their character or abilities.

"Men as well as women tend to establish the worth of individual women primarily by the way their body looks, research shows. We do not do this when we evaluate men," Naomi Ellemers Ph.D. wrote in Psychology Today.

Dr. Ellers believes that this tendency to judge a woman solely on her looks causes them to be seen as an object rather than a person.

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