is giving every American girl 14-years or older in grades 9-12 the
chance to tap their inner Jane Foster. For those budding Scientists, Technologist, Engineers and Mathematicians-- commonly lumped together under the STEM acronym-- the comic book giant has created Marvel's Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor.
"Through the collaborative efforts of Marvel, the National Academy of Sciences, and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., girls will have a chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how they got where they are… and how others can follow in their footsteps," the project website reads.
The winning STEM-ologists will be flown to California to hobnob, interview, work side by side with their mentors for a few days, and participate in other Ultimate Mentor Adventure events and photo opportunities. A documentary short that will be shown at the Hollywood premier for Thor: The Dark World will recognize them and relate their experiences.
The runner ups will get the opportunity to meet a hometown STEM mentor. For the publicity shy, inhibited, or just the self-starter there is a site spreadsheet with local STEM contact info broken down by states.
Other sponsors of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor include Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science, Girl Scouts USA along with the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
The original Jane Foster in the Thor
comics was a nurse but was updated to be an astrophysicist for the
movie, a change that came about through a campaign organized by the Science and Entertainment Exchange,
a program of the National Academy of Sciences that connects
entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers
to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in
both film and TV programming.
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