Friday, October 11, 2013
Marvel Comics is looking for the next Jane Foster! The character in Thor and its sequel Thor: The Dark World is an astrophysicist played by Natalie Portman. Natalie, who graduated with honors before attending Harvard University, enjoyed playing a scientist and believes in encouraging girls in these types of roles. As such, she is working with The Walt Disney Company (who owns Marvel Entertainment as of 2009) in a new endeavor called the Ultimate Mentor Adventure.
Natalie and the Ultimate Mentor Adventure aim to "empower girls ages 14 and up in grades 9-12 to embark on a journey that will allow them to explore their potential in the world of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Through the collaborative efforts of Marvel, the National Academy of Sciences, and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., girls will have a chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how they got where they are…and how others can follow in their footsteps."
The finalists will get the opportunity to some of these incredible women in science, conduct interviews, participate in experiments and interactive events, go behind the scenes, and attend the premiere of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World on opening day! To enter you must download, complete, and submit some forms (by October 20, 2013, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time). Then you must interview a successful woman working in a STEM field in your hometown. Finally, you create a 5-minute video about yourself, uploading it to the Ultimate Mentor Adventure website.
Kinda wishing I was 14 again.
In case you didn't get that URL, here it is again: http://dep.disney.go.com/ultimatementoradventure/