Marvel Studios Has Launched A Programme To Find New Female Scientists

Marvel Studios has announced a new programme, in association with the National Academy of Science’s Science and Entertainment Exchange, that invites 15-18-year-old girls with an interest in science, mathematics, engineering or technology to demonstrate their ability. As USA Today reports, applicants must “submit projects they feel can change the world with a short video that… explains its far-reaching potential.”

It all ties in a movie, of course, riffing off of the powerful role that female characters playing in the studio’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which is due next year and features Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch. Olsen discusses the movie and the National Academy of Science project in the video below, explaining: “I’m really excited to meet these exceptional young women who have STEM backgrounds and who maybe also want to be part of more of a creative- and science-based world.”

There’ll be five finalists in all (deadline’s March 26), and they’ll be invited to California to a Dragons’ Den-style pitching session, where they must convince panellists of the quality of their idea. They’ll also get a tour of the Walt Disney Studios, a place on the Captain America: Civil War premiere guestlist and $500. Not bad, eh?