Last month, Marvel, in conjunction with their latest film “Captain America: Civil War”, held a competition for girls (Girls Reforming the Future Challenge) grades 10-12 to submit a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) project which held the potential to change the world. To submit to the competition, contestants had to submit a video giving a proposal for their innovative project and explain how it would make the world a better place.
Marvel has narrowed down their over 1,000 submissions to five finalists, who will be flown to Southern California to present their project in person to a panel of experts. The winner will receive a week-long internship at Marvel studios! This is a very exciting competition, empowering many girls across the country to receive the opportunity of a lifetime, while also encouraging our young people to think outside the box and strive to make the world a better place.
The five finalists all had some pretty awesome innovations to share:
- Maia Dua, 10th grader from Sacramento, CA: A minimal maintenance, echo-locating seeing-eye robot to provide a more cost effective alternative to those in need of a seeing-eye dog.
- Margaret Fleck, 11th grader from Emmaus, PA: Due to hearing issues developing from excess use of earbuds, she developed a computer program to work in conjunction with earbuds to gradually reduce its volume over time so that people do not get negatively impacted from extended use.
- Janie Kim, 11th grader from San Diego, CA: Created a safe, efficient room sterilization mechanism that released anti-microbial vapors throughout a room. Ideal for places such as movie theaters, hospitals, etc, that can sterilize a room much faster than cleaning by hand.
- Vivian Qiang, 17 years old, Marlboro, NJ: Created a cost-effective hybrid solar thermal collector for people to use in their homes. This would be a more environmentally friendly way to heat one’s house with using less non-renewable resources.
- Holly Reiping, 11th grader, Colorado Springs, CO: Created cost-effective solar-powered mobile computers with educational software, so that those in underserved areas of the world could use computers who do not have access to wifi.
These all sound like amazing ideas that could impact the world in amazing ways–I can’t wait to find out the winner! You can learn more about the competition and the finalists from this video released from Marvel:
“Captain America: Civil War” will come to theaters May 6th, you can watch the latest trailer here.
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