Marveling at STEM

Marvel may be known for male superheroes like Captain America, Thor or the Hulk, but the company just created a program designed just for girls.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel launched a program to support girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ahead of the May 6 release of Captain America: Civil Wars.

“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,” reported EW.

Civil War star Emily VanCamp told the USA Today about the program, “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.”

Adding that the submissions should demonstrate a “commitment to safeguard humanity, protect the Earth at all costs, and make the world a better place for future generations,” co-star Elizabeth Olson said that the projects submitted can be previously done for a class, for a competition or just for fun.

Once the applicants are narrowed down to five finalists, they will receive a trip to Los Angeles to attend the April 12 premiere of Captain America: Civil War.  In addition, they will participate in a webinar to discuss their project, tour the Walt Disney Studios and Dolby Laboratories and earn $500 in a savings account. If that weren’t enough, the winner will also receive an internship opportunity at Marvel Studios.

To learn more about the program, click here.

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