Marvel launches program to encourage young, would-be female scientists

Marvel is already gearing up to own the box office with Captain America: Civil War, and now the studio is leveraging that buzz for an inspiring new program aimed at encouraging young girls to get involved in the sciences. 

USA Today reports Marvel is partnering with the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange for a program in which girls 15-18, and in grades 10-12, can develop and submit ideas for projects they believe can change the world via a short video that “demonstrates their idea and explains its far-reaching potential.” Considering the amount of women in computing jobs has dropped from 35 percent to 26 percent in the past three decades, an outside-the-box program to get your girls thinking differently about the sciences is an excellent idea.

Dubbed “Girls Reforming the Future Challenge,” the program aims to engage female applicants interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects. The connection: They want ideas that mirror what the Avengers do in the movies, but instead of fighting giant robots or Norse gods, they want ideas that can really fix the planet.

 “[It’s about] the commitment to safeguard humanity, protect the earth at all costs and make the world a better place for future generations,” Civil War co-star Elizabeth Olsen said. “I’m really excited to meet these exceptional young women who have STEM backgrounds and who maybe also want to be part of more of a creative- and science-based world. And Marvel’s a perfect place for that.”

Once the program ramps up, five finalists will be selected to present their projects to a panel of experts in California, along with an invitation to the red carpet at the Civil War world premiere, a cash prize and some other perks.

So, young ladies, get to thinking about ways to change the world.

(Via USA Today)

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