It looks as though Marvel Studios is looking to inspire more Janet Van Dynes than Scott Langs when "Ant-Man" finally arrives in theaters. That's because the studio is reaching out to teenage girl scientists with a new "Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge."
In conjunction with corporate partners Dolby Laboratories and VISA as well as miniature computer-creating and education-focused charity the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Marvel has put out a call for young women to express their love of smaller-than-average science and technology for a chance to win tickets to the "Ant-Man" premier alongside an "Evolution of Technology" workshop at Disneyland in addition to having their tech-based ideas modeled for even younger girls in their home communities.
The details of the STEM-promoting contest are spelled out at Ant-ManChallenge.com where the rules state:
Were you born to build with tiny tech; do you rave about robotics; are your parts and processors pocket sized, and your artwork actuated? Have you ever wanted to inspire other young girls to share your passion? Then MARVEL'S ANT-MAN: MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE is for you!
MARVEL, DOLBY LABORATORIES, VISA, and RASPBERRY PI are looking nationwide for girls - just like you - ages 14-18 in grades 9-12 to create and share micro-technology based DIY projects they have built using readily accessible and found materials. Upon completion of the contest, build instructions for the winning projects will be provided to a STEM based girls program in the winners' home community. Each winner will have the opportunity to lead a workshop in building her project for the selected program in her community.
Each MARVEL'S ANT-MAN: MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE applicant will design and build a DIY project using at least one inexpensive and readily available micro-technology component of her choosing. Projects can be utilitarian, artistic, or just plain fun.
After completing their projects, applicants will be asked to submit a short video demonstrating the projects and explaining how their projects will inspire other girls to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Micro-technology, such as a Raspbery Pi, can enable tinkerers, makers, builders, and future Imagineers to execute big ideas with an inexpensive base component that fits in a girl's pocket.
Applications for the challenge are due by June 11, and winners will be announced on June 16.
Marvel has also released a short video featuring Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne in the film, introducing the challenge.