Sad, but true: Society has not always done such a great job encouraging girls to study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In fact, according to Forbes, women have seen no employment growth in STEM jobs since the year 2000.
But now, Marvel Studios has paired up with the National Academy of Sciences' Science & Entertainment Exchange to help change all that. They just announced the Captain America: Civil War — Girls Reforming The Future Challenge in an effort to encourage teenage girls to go into these fields that are traditionally dominated by men.
Elizabeth Olsen and Emily VanCamp—who star in the upcoming Captain America film—introduced the contest via video clip, as an opportunity for girls between the ages of 15 to 18 to explore and submit science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects that "have the potential of creating positive change in the world."
"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," Olsen said.
Girl power, FTW!
And yes, the five finalists will get to meet Olsen and the other stars of the movie when they walk the red carpet for the premiere of Captain America: Civil War. They will also get to present their project to leaders in science and industry at Marvel Studios, and participate in a live global Broadcom Masters webinar to discuss how their STEM skills enabled them to create their projects. As for the lucky girl who walks away with the grand prize, she will also score a coveted internship at Marvel Studios.
If your teenager is interested in applying, you better move fast: The deadline for applications is March 26, 2016. Check out the full submission guidelines at CaptainAmericaChallenge.com.