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Marvel hosts contest for science girls

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The Marvel comics and movie conglomerate is hosting the Marvel Ultimate Mentor Adventure for girls 14 or older, in grades 9-12. The contest aims to encourage girls to extend their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Entrants will interview a woman working in STEM and then create a five minute unedited video of themselves talking about the interview, themselves or why they want a career in STEM.
Winners will get flown to Hollywood to see the premiere of Marvel's new Thor movie, "The Dark World." Inspiration for the contest was the role in the first Thor movie featuring Natalie Portman playing Jan Foster, an astrophysicist.
Go to Marvel's website to see all the rules. Deadline for entries is Oct. 20.
Academy award winner Portman was a precocious scientist herself. During her high school years she qualified for the semifinal rounds of the Intel Science Talent Search competition. The 71-year-old contest is considered by many to be the nation's most demanding high school research competition.
While still in high school, Portman began her rise as a movie star, perhaps best known as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
After graduation, Portman entered Harvard University where she studied neuroscience and the evolution of the mind.