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Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor Adventure Celebrates Girls Interested in STEM Careers

Ten exceptional young women have been recognized for their dedication to pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) through Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor Adventure contest. The contest is a partnership of the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center.
 
The winners have an opportunity to travel to Southern California to meet women in science, participate in experiments, see Hollywood behind-the-scenes, and more—all leading up to the release of Thor: The Dark World, in which Natalie Portman portrays astrophysicist Jane Foster, an independent spirit who follows her heart and journeys to a new world. Watch a video highlighting the 10 winners.
 
The Science & Entertainment Exchange summed up the goals of the collaborative project in a blog post: “By exposing girls to the exciting possibilities of a stem education, and subsequent careers, early on, we hope to engage, inspire and cultivate our next great generation of strong women scientists.”