Marvel studios has listened to fans complaints about the lack of strong female superheroes on-screen recently, by adding Scarlet Witch to their cannon, but now they're also looking to improve the gender balance behind-the-scenes by creating a competition for science-minded young girls. Partnering with the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange, the studio have organised a program for girls ages 15 - 18 to create projects that could, like the Avengers, change the world for the better. The designs must be submitted alongside a short video, which explains and demonstrates the potential for their idea.
To be considered the idea must also have relevance in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics), thus encouraging other young women to pursue careers in this field. The campaign was launched this week, with a little help from Marvel stars Elizabeth Olsen and Emily VanCamp, who recorded a short introductory video to encourage young girls to apply. In the video, Olsen reiterated how their project should share in the ideals of the movies to make them a reality by showing; '[A] commitment to safeguard humanity, protect the earth at all costs and make the world a better place for future generations'.
The pool will be whittled down to five finalists, who will be flown to California to present their project in front of a panel of industry experts. They will also all hit the red carpet for the Captain America: Civil War (2016) world premiere on April 12, receive a $500 savings account, and get to tour the Walt Disney Studios. But the best news of all is that the lucky grand-final girl will win an exclusive internship at Marvel Studios. Applications and other information regarding the program can be found on their official website. You can also watch the video below.
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