STEM being Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Marvel have launched a campaign looking to offer a mentoring program for girls aged fourteen and over, spearheaded by Natalie Portman – with the goal being to fill the country with a whole army of Jane Fosters. The program has kicked off with a competition which you can find here.
Portman is a noted advocate for gender equality, and the campaign looks to help mentor young talents and push them one step further towards entering the world of STEM research. Candidates are required to be in grades 9-12 at school, and be US citizens – and the winning videos will be included into a documentary short which will air before the premiere of the upcoming Thor movie.
Entrants are asked to upload a five minute video of themselves, explaining who they are and why they’re hoping to move into a career in a STEM-related field. And once a winner is picked, they’ll be sent off to meet some of the pioneers in their respective fields, as well as whisked away to the premiere of Thor 2 in November.
So, yes, this is probably the coolest thing you’ll see all week. I also approve of their use of “whom” rather than “who” in the competition guidelines. Classy stuff, this! If you’re eligible, go enter!