Marvel Seeks Young Female Avengers to Save the World with Science

Friday, 11 March 2016 - 2:25PM
Friday, 11 March 2016 - 2:25PM
Marvel Seeks Young Female Avengers to Save the World with Science
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With Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and the upcoming addition of Captain Marvel, Marvel is increasingly showing interest in fictional women saving the world. Now, they're bringing real-life young women into the fight to save our planet, as they just announced their Girls Reforming the Future project, calling all STEM-oriented young women ages 15-18 to submit scientific projects with the "potential to benefit humankind."

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Have you developed or dreamed of an amazing project you think could revolutionize the world, simplify our lives, help the disabled, or just make life on earth a little better, safer, or healthier?

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The contest, in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences, Dolby Laboratories, Broadcom, and Synchrony Bank, will give five finalists the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the Captain America: Civil War premiere, present their project to leaders in science and industry at Marvel Studios, and receive a $500 savings account from Synchrony Bank. One winner will be selected from the finalists for an internship at Marvel Studios, where she will work in both a scientific and creative environment.

The contest is open to young women in grades 10-12, who can enter by recording a video explaining their STEM project (you can find the full rules here). The project must aim to make the world a better place in some way, because, as Elizabeth Olsen puts it, superheroes' entire purpose is to 
"safeguard humanity, protect the earth at all costs and make the world a better place for future generations."

The contest will be open until March 26, at which time the five finalists will be selected. The initiative is strangely being used as a promotion for Captain America: Civil War, which primarily stars male superheroes, but hopefully this contest is another sign that Marvel is committed to improving their female representation in their fiction and the representation of women in STEM.
Science News