[Reprinted from Old Ain't Dead.]
Marvel is doing something marvelous for girls who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) around the release of Thor: The Dark World. The program is called Ultimate Mentor Adventure. Here’s how it works.
Natalie Portman, who plays Jane Foster, an astrophysicist, in Thor: The Dark World describes the program in a video you can see here.
- Girls from the U.S. in grades 9 – 12 can apply. The minimum age is 14.
- Each girl is connected to a mentor who is working in a field in which the girl is interested.
- The girl interviews the mentor and makes a video.
- The videos are entered in the contest.
- The winner gets to go to the opening of Thor: The Dark World in California and see the video they made shown along with the film. The winner also gets to go behind the scenes at the movie.
A girl really cannot lose by participating in this mentor adventure. Just by participating she gets to meet a woman in a position she wants to know more about. The girls get help finding the mentors and making the videos. Everyone who participates will have a positive experience whether she wins or not.
Kudos to Marvel for this brilliant idea.