Marvel is doing something really amazing to help support the dreams of the female Tony Starks and Bruce Banners of the world. Also supported by the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange, a challenge has been issued to female students ages 15 to 18, and in grades 10 to 12th, to submit videos of ideas the applicants feel could be world-changing. Titled the “Girls Reforming the Future Challenge”, it’s aimed at girls interested in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. In the introductory video, posted below, Captain America: Civil War stars Emily VanCamp and Elizabeth Olsen explain the initiative, “for girls just like you to explore your inner potential to reform the future with positive world change through STEM.”
In true Avengers fashion, Olsen notes that project submissions should illustrate “commitment to safeguard humanity, protect the Earth at all costs, and make the world a better place for future generations.”
As well as proving just how kick-ass these girls are, there’s also a prize involved. Five finalists will ultimately be selected, earning them a trip to Los Angeles to be front and center for the April 12th premier of Captain America: Civil War. They’ll also have the opportunity to discuss their projects via webinar, tour the Walt Disney Studios and Dolby Laboratories, and receive $500 in a savings account. One lucky grand prize winner receives the bonus opportunity of an internship at Marvel Studios.
It’s truly an inspiring sight: the attention that girls that are, or hope to one day be in, science, technology, engineering and math are being shown through this project. Kudos to Marvel for shining light on the ladies in a mostly male-dominated field. This could be the encouragement a young girl somewhere needs to follow a path she may not see many other women pursuing.
To learn more about The “Girls Reforming the Future Challenge,” head over to their website here.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6th.
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