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The Superpower of STEM Challenge


Young women, have you ever wondered what your real-life superpower might be? If you had the chance to create a do-it-yourself project to make life better for your friends, your family, your community, or the world, what might you do? Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Synchrony Bank, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS and Society for Science & the Public have partnered together to help you find out and to share your superpower with the world.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, girls who are ages 15–18 and in grades 10–12 are invited to channel their Superpower of STEM and share an original project to help improve the world around them. Entrants will have a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City, the opportunity to appear on Good Morning America, and more!

To enter the challenge, come up with an original, replicable do-it-yourself project that makes the world around you better in some way. It can be practical or fun and as simple or as complex as you'd like. Let your imagination run wild! After you come up with your concept, make your project, fill out an application, and, finally, submit a video that's no longer than seven minutes starring you demonstrating your project and explaining how your Superpower of STEM helped you to create it. Are you looking for some inspiration? You can find previous winners of Marvel Studios' competitions supporting young women in STEM here.

Please make sure you read all the rules carefully. There are a number of very strict guidelines about what can and can't appear in the video, and we'd hate to have to eliminate anyone for violating them. To enter the competition, you must be a legal resident of the U.S. and currently residing in Washington, D.C., or one of the 50 U.S. states.

All videos must be received by 6 p.m. PDT on Saturday, September 23, 2017, to be considered for review. Please be aware: Processing an application will take approximately 48 hours before an email confirmation is generated. You will need to wait for that confirmation before you can submit your video, so please make sure you fill out your application early enough to make the video deadline.



Five finalists will be selected to travel to Los Angeles and present their projects, in person, to a panel of experts and to attend the red carpet premiere of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok. Each finalist will receive two round-trip tickets to Southern California for the finalist and her parent or guardian, as well as scheduled meals, ground transportation to and from organized activities, and hotel accommodations, from October 8 through October 11, 2017; the opportunity to be on the red carpet at the premiere of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok; $500 deposited into a high-yield savings account from Synchrony Bank; a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California; and more. 

One grand-prize winner will be selected from the five finalists to attend an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering to build her STEM story, creating a professional-level video teaching other young people how to recreate her Challenge-winning project. The winner will also have the opportunity to demonstrate her Superpower of STEM project live to the nation with a brief appearance on Good Morning America. The video created during her mentorship will be made available to students, teachers, and families worldwide right here on Science NetLinks.

Complete contest information will be available from August 23, 2017, through September 23, 2017. Entries will be accepted beginning on August 23, 2017, at 4 a.m. PT, through 6 p.m. PT on September 23, 2017. For application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules, and more information about Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok Superpower of STEM Challenge, please visit www.marvelstudiosstemchallenge.com.

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