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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:

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 FORM

If 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 CONFIRMATION

Once 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 VIDEO

Once 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: 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.

QUESTIONS? CLICK HERE!