Calling all tech goddesses ages 14-18: Marvel's "Ant Man" has some big news.
The press release that arrived today shouted: SEEKING CREATIVE TECH-SAVVY GIRLS TO FIND THEIR INNER SUPER-HERO BY CREATING SOMETHING “BIG” FROM something VERY SMALL!
Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry Pi have assembled to sponsor the nationwide "MARVEL’S ANT-MAN MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE" in conjunction with the July 17 release of "Ant-Man." The Marvel film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a founding member of The Avengers who is armed with the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. The master thief must embrace his inner hero and help Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel's previous nationwide contest tie-ins have been Ultimate Mentor Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of Good. With the Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge, gnationwide, girls ages 14-18, in grades 9-12, are challenged to "design and build a DIY project using at least one readily available micro-technology component, which can enable tinkerers, makers, builders and future Imagineers to execute big ideas with a board that fits in their pocket and costs less than a video game. The projects can be utilitarian, artistic or just plain fun."
Applicants will be asked to submit a short video demonstrating the completed project and explaining how it will inspire other girls to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, or math.
The five winners will each receive: two round-trip tickets to Southern California, including hotel accommodations, from June 28 through June 30, to be on the red carpet at the world premiere of "Marvel’s Ant-Man" at the Dolby Theatre on June 29; attend a special “The Evolution of Technology” workshop on June 30 at The Disneyland Resort, where they will meet Walt Disney Imagineers who will introduce them to the broader scope of technology and how innovation is inspired during a behind-the-scenes tour of The Disneyland Resort; and receive a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.
Upon completion of the challenge, a STEM-based girls program in each winner’s hometown will be selected to receive “re-create” instructions for each project. Each winner will have the opportunity to lead a workshop in building her project with the girls in the selected program in her community. By sharing their work, the winners will accomplish big things from small beginnings by inspiring other young girls to follow their interests in computing, technology, and engineering.
For application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information, visit www.Ant-ManChallenge.com
Contest rules: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on June 11. Open only to girls who are 14-18 years of age on May 20 and legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and not employees of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry Pi, or any of their parent, related or affiliated companies nor members of their households or immediate families. Limit one (1) entry per person. Winners must be able to travel on June 28. Visit www.Ant-ManChallenge.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions and limitations. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.