While most of us are still freaking out about the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War, more specifically the first appearance of Spiderman, Marvel made a really cool announcement that might have been missed. They announced a challenge aimed at young women who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Referred to as "Girls Reforming the Future" challenge, it is meant to inspire girls between the ages of 15-18 to create inventive ways to change the world.
The program is supported by the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange and encourages young women to learn and find creative ways to make positive change in whatever way that might be. The challenge sponsored by Marvel in conjunction with Captain America: Civil War requests young women nationwide to submit videos that they believe "explore their inner potential to reform the future with positive world change by creating an original and innovative project using STEM." The projects can be from previous school assignments or brand new ideas that you consider life-changing.
Marvel released a video featuring Emily VanCamp (Agent 13) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) to explain the challenge and encourage young scientists to apply.
Five finalists will be chosen and each will receive the following perks:
- Receive a $500 High Yield Savings account from Synchrony Bank.
- Receive a trip to Hollywood, California for the finalist and a parent or legal guardian for the opportunity to present their project to leaders in science and industry at MARVEL STUDIOS.
- Will participate in a live global Broadcom Masters webinar during which they will discuss how their STEM skills enabled them to create their projects.
- Have the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the World Premiere of MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR on April 12, 2016.
- Receive a tour of the Walt Disney Studios and Dolby Laboratories facilities.
Best of all, one winner will be chosen to receive an internship with Marvel Studios; I wish I was younger because that seems like a dream come true. I love that Marvel is empowering women in their studio projects and in the real world. They have always portrayed women as strong, level-headed characters and following that message to give young girls the opportunity to explore their potential is something to admire. So if you are between the age of 15-18, then start brainstorming or spread the news to any inspiring young woman in your life!
Applications will be taken from March 11 to March 26 and winners will be notified by March 30. To find out more information regarding the challenge and more details on how to apply, visit captainamericacivilwarchallenge.com!
And don't forget to see Captain America: Civil War in theaters May 6!!
Sources: Marvel, Entertainment Weekly