Marvel launches science program for teenage girls |


Marvel launches science program for teenage girls

Ahead of Captain America: Civil War’s May 6 release, Marvel has launched a program to support girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The “Girls Reforming the Future Challenge” — supported by the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange — encourages female students ages 15-18 in grades 10-12 to submit videos that demonstrate ideas they feel can change the world.

“Elizabeth [Olsen]and I are here to tell you about an amazing opportunity for girls just like you to explore your inner potential to reform the future with positive world change through STEM,” Civil War star Emily VanCamp says in a USA Today video explaining the initiative.

VanCamp’s costar Elizabeth Olsen adds that, just like the Avengers in the movie, contestants’ submissions should demonstrate a “commitment to safeguard humanity, protect the Earth at all costs, and make the world a better place for future generations.” Girls can submit projects previously done for class, a competition, or just for fun.

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Five finalists will receive a trip to Los Angeles to attend the April 12 premiere of Captain America: Civil War, participate in a webinar to discuss their project, tour the Walt Disney Studios and Dolby Laboratories, and win $500 in a savings account. The winner will also receive an internship opportunity at Marvel Studios.

Head to the Girls Reforming the Future Challenge site for more information.

Captain America: Civil War opens May 6.