How the Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge is encouraging teen girls to create STEM projects.
After running a survey for the PiJuice Kickstarter campaign to find out more about our backers, we discovered that 96% of our backers are male. 96%!! That is an incredible number.
This clearly also goes to show that we must help to promote STEM for women and children. I think witht he introduction of the Raspberry PI, and the costs of electronics coming down in proce over the last few years, now more than ever, we have a chance to help and encourage more women and girls to get excited about STEM subjects. This brings me onto the competition I saw recently posted by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Marvel, Dolby, Visa and the Raspberry Pi Foundation are teaming up to run an exciting competition for teenage girls (aged 14 – 18 in school grades of 9-12) in the USA to make mini tech based DIY projects using accessible materials. There are no limits to what you can do for the projects, and you can find out more about the exact details here.
Once the contest has closed, the winners will be picked and the best projects will have instructions made, and will be given to STEM programs in the winners’ local community.
When you’ve completed your project, you will need to create a brief video showing off your project, and detailing how this project will help to inspire other girls to pursue STEM subjects.
As Raspberry Pi has partnered on this competition, this is the micro technology that girls can use to make their project. At Pi Supply, we’ve made lots of projects and products that are small and convenient. And you may like to check out our Pinterest board for Project ideas.
Also, the winner will have an awesome opportunity to do the things below!
- A trip to Hollywood for the winner and her parent to walk the red carpet at the World Premiere of MARVEL’S ANT-MAN on June 29, 2015.
- Attend a special “The Evolution of Technology” workshop on June 30, 2015 at the Disneyland Resort
- And of course, a tour of the Walt Disney Studios.
This is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more girls to get involved with STEM activities. So please share this competition with as many people as you can!