For years, superheros and innovative technology have been categorized under 'for men only'. But now, Marvel is giving young and bright females the chance to prove to the world that that is no longer the case—with the Ant-Man Micro Challenge!
Marvel's covering a lot of ground with this one. For one thing, this challenge will put Ant-Man, Marvel's lesser-known character, and his film in the well earned spotlight! Secondly, this contest will inspire tons of comic AND tech loving girls to step up and create new and innovative micro-technology, that could be used to inspire an entire generation of young females!
But what exactly is this "micro-challenge"? Here's the official synopsis:
Were you born to build with tiny tech; do you rave about robotics; are your parts and processors pocket sized, and your artwork actuated? Have you ever wanted to inspire other young girls to share your passion? Then MARVEL’S ANT-MAN: MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE is for you!
MARVEL, DOLBY LABORATORIES, VISA, and RASPBERRY PI are looking nationwide for girls – just like you – ages 14-18 in grades 9-12 to create and share micro-technology based DIY projects they have built using readily accessible and found materials. Upon completion of the contest, build instructions for the winning projects will be provided to a STEM based girls program in the winners’ home community. Each winner will have the opportunity to lead a workshop in building her project for the selected program in her community.
Each MARVEL’S ANT-MAN: MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE applicant will design and build a DIY project using at least one inexpensive and readily available micro-technology component of her choosing. Projects can be utilitarian, artistic, or just plain fun.
After completing their projects, applicants will be asked to submit a short video demonstrating the projects and explaining how their projects will inspire other girls to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Micro-technology, such as a Raspbery Pi, can enable tinkerers, makers, builders, and future Imagineers to execute big ideas with an inexpensive base component that fits in a girl’s pocket.
Sounds awesome right? But if that's not enough to get you excited, check out Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly explain it!
And even though this is a micro-challenge, the prize is anything but minuscule! The winner(s) of the Ant-Man Micro Challenge will get some serious bragging rights, like:
Going To The Ant-Man Premiere!
You (and your parent if under 18) will receive a trip to Hollywood, where you'll be able to walk the red carpet and attend the world premiere of Ant-Man on June 29, 2015!
Attend The "Evolution Of Technology" Workshop!
The winner will attend "The Evolution of Technology" workshop at the Disneyland Resort. They'll get to meet some Walt Disney 'Imagineers' and receive a fun and innovation-filled behind-the-scenes tour of the Disneyland Resort!
Receive A Tour Of The Walt Disney Studios!
That's right, the entire studio! Maybe they'll show you the spot where they keep Walt Disney's frozen half-cyborg body! C'mon, you know that's totally a thing.
So What Are You Waiting For?!
Head on over to www.ant-manchallenge.com and read the official instructions on how to enter! Meanwhile I, being a guy, will envy you for all eternity!