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In an effort to cater to a female audience, Marvel, Disney, Visa, Dolby Laboratories and Raspberry Pi are partnering to encourage girls aged 14-18 (Grades 9-12) to create “micro-technology based DIY (Do It Yourself) projects… built using readily accessible and found materials.” Announced on Friday, the Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge, is targeting girls to take up science at school.

Marvel stated that submissions from contestants can be “utilitarian, artistic or just plain fun.” Once the project is complete, applicants will submit a video of their project in action and be entered into the contest.

So, what will the grand prize winner receive? The winner will be flown to the Ant-Man premiere in Hollywood on June 29, 2015. She will also get to attend an “Evolution of Technology” workshop and meet Disney Imagineers the following day, and receive a tour of Walt Disney Studios.

The announcement is rather rushed and time is of the essence, entries must be submitted by 9 p.m. PST on June 11th in order to be eligible. More details about the Challenge can be found here.

Challenge Log

Calling all DIY girls between the ages of 14 and 18!

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.

EACH WINNER WILL:

  • Receive a trip to Hollywood, California for the winner and her parent to walk the red carpet at the World Premiere of MARVEL’S ANT-MAN on June 29, 2015.
  • Attend a special “The Evolution of Technology” workshop on June 30, 2015 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.
  • Receive a tour of the Walt Disney Studios.

Winners of MARVEL’S ANT-MAN: MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE will be notified by Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Winners and one legal guardian will travel to Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

TO ENTER

STEP 1: COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORMIf you are between the ages of 14-18 and living in the United States, click on the Apply page to complete the online application form.

Applications will be accepted until 9:00pm PDT, June 11th, 2015. You are strongly encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration.

All applications must be submitted to www.Ant-ManChallenge.com.

STEP 2: RECEIVE CONFIRMATIONOnce your application has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email (processing takes approximately 48 hours).

STEP 3: CREATE AND HAVE FUN!
Create, build, or repurpose an existing project! Your project can be anything and can serve any purpose or none at all! (It can just be fun!) However, it must include: at least one micro-technology component AND all other materials must be readily available.

Use of repurposed e-waste (old cell phones, monitors, chargers, printers, etc.) and found materials is strongly encouraged.

STEP 4: CREATE A VIDEOOnce your application is accepted and your project is complete, you will create a video (which may be up to five minutes long) of yourself and your project. In your video you will answer the questions below and show off your amazing project. You may use a Smartphone, computer, tablet, or camera to make your video. Please make sure we can see and hear you and your project clearly in your video!

THE QUESTIONS:

  1. What inspired your interest in micro-technology?
  2. What is your project?
  3. What is/are your micro-technology component(s)?
  4. What other major materials did you use? Where did you get them?
  5. How could your project be practically replicated in a school or club setting?
  6. How could building your project inspire other young girls to pursue interests in science, engineering, arts, or math? What skills would they learn?
  7. Why you would be interested in presenting a workshop that instructs young girls in your community on how to build your project?

All videos must comply with the following:

  • You should be the only person who appears in the video.
  • Please only include your first name in the video. Videos that include last names, physical addresses, high school names, or any other identifying information will be immediately disqualified from further consideration.
  • The video must be original.
  • If the video is taken by a third-party, you must have secured all rights and clearances to the video from the third-party.
  • The video cannot contain any music or any images.
  • The video cannot contain materials embodying copyrighted images, names, likenesses, photographs, or anything else that identifies any person, living or dead, without permission.
  • The video cannot defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about people or companies.
  • The video cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group or be derogatory to any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional, or age group.
  • The video cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Disney wishes to associate.
  • The video cannot depict illegal activity and cannot itself be in violation of any law.
  • The video may not include images of a known celebrity, famous or well-known person, or any image which violates the right of privacy or publicity of any person.

STEP 5: UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO Please label your video in the following manner:
LAST_NAME_FIRST_NAME_MICROTECH_CHALLENGE
(e.g., DOE_JANE_MICROTECH CHALLENGE)
Then click the Video Upload page and follow the directions to upload your video to the site.

All video submissions must be uploaded to the MARVEL’S ANT-MAN: MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE website at: www.Ant-ManChallenge.com and must be submitted by 9pm PDT on June 11th, 2015.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel

About The Author

A native of Indiana, Namtar has been writing for Nuke the Fridge since 2008. He enjoys movies and working in the entertainment industry. He moonlights as an educator, is an ordained minister and one day aspires to have one or more of his writings published and made into a film. He would also love to land a cameo appearance on one or more of his favorite television shows or films.

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