In the midst of overwhelming evidence showing that female presence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers continues to fall short, many corporations are launching programs and initiatives to get girls more involved in STEM fields. As it turns out, film studios are no exception.
Marvel Studios has announced that they will (yet again) hold a STEM contest for teenage girls to help promote the next #MCU installment, Thor: Ragnarok. #Marvel previously held similar contests with the MCU installments Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. By launching the challenge for a fifth time, they're showing their commitment to girls is here to stay with "The Superpower of STEM Challenge."
Teaming up with Cate Blanchett, who plays Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as Ginger Zee of ABC News, five finalists between the ages of 15-18 will earn a trip to Los Angeles where they will present their projects to a panel of experts just before the Ragnarok red carpet premiere. One grand prize winner will spend three days under the mentorship of Disney Imagineering in New York City and will then present their winning project live on Good Morning America.
Marvel will be accepting submissions until September 23, 2017. You can read all of the official rules here for your up-and-coming Jane Fosters and Pepper Potts. Here is the official statement from Marvel Studios regarding "The Superpower of STEM Challenge":
"MARVEL STUDIOS' THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE invites girls nationwide - just like you - ages 15 to 18 in grades 10 through 12, currently living in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, to use the superpower of STEM for good by creating and sharing an original Do-It-Yourself project that could help your family, your community, or the world be safer, healthier, or happier. The project you make can be as simple or complex as you want. It can be something practical or something that would bring people joy - a robot, an app, a toy - anything that harnesses the superpower of STEM! You may create a new project or may submit an original project that had previously been developed for a class, for a science competition, or just for fun. Let your imagination and STEM skills run wild!"
The God of Thunder returns with Thor: Ragnarok, hitting theaters on November 3
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