You have until September 23rd to submit an application for the STEM Challenge from Marvel to celebrate Thor: Ragnarok
This is an opportunity for science minded girls to show off STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) powers and win a trip to the world premier of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, a 3 day mentorship with Disney Imagineering and appear on Good Morning America! So get it girls! All you have to do is have a great idea to help others and shoot a demo video (follow the rules see below) with your STEM idea! I hope they show ALL the entries to see the face of science, technology, engineering and math!
GIRLS, SHOW US YOUR SUPERPOWERS!
Have you discovered the superpower of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Can you imagine sharing your superpower of STEM on national television?
Girls ages 15-18, in grades 10-12, are encouraged to channel their superpower of STEM for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK, an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering, the opportunity to appear on Good Morning America, and more!
MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE invites girls nationwide – just like you – ages 15 to 18 in grades 10 through 12, currently living in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, to use the superpower of STEM for good by creating and sharing an original Do-It-Yourself project that could help your family, your community, or the world be safer, healthier, or happier. The project you make can be as simple or complex as you want. It can be something practical or something that would bring people joy – a robot, an app, a toy – anything that harnesses the superpower of STEM! You may create a new project or may submit an original project that had previously been developed for a class, for a science competition, or just for fun. Let your imagination and STEM skills run wild!
JUST FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:
Think of a Do-It-Yourself, demonstratable project that could be used for the good of others.
Make your project.
Create a 7-minute (or shorter) video in which you demonstrate your project and tell us how you used your superpowers of STEM to design and complete it.
FIVE (5) FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED, AND EACH WILL:
Receive an expenses-paid trip to Hollywood, California for the finalist and a parent or legal guardian.
Have an opportunity to present her completed project in front of a panel of experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
Walk the red carpet at the premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK.
One Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the five finalists to attend an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering to build her STEM story, creating a professional level video teaching other young people how to recreate her Challenge winning project.
The Grand Prize Winner will also have the opportunity to demonstrate her Superpower of STEM project live to the Nation with a brief appearance on Good Morning America.
The video created during the Grand Prize Winner’s mentorship will be made available to students, teachers and families worldwide on the American Association for the Advancement of Science education resource website, ScienceNetLinks.com.
Finalists will be notified by September 28, 2017. Each finalist and her parent or legal guardian will travel to Los Angeles, California on or about Sunday, October 9, 2017.
MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE is proudly presented by DISNEY, MARVEL STUDIOS, SYNCHRONY BANK, DOLBY, BROADCOM MASTERS, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, and SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC.
READ THE OFFICIAL RULES. Make sure you qualify for the challenge: you are between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 through 12, and a legal resident of and physically living within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
USE YOUR STEM SUPERPOWERS TO DESIGN AND COMPLETE A DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECT. Your project can have a practical use – it can be a robot, an app, a design plan, etc. Or it can be something that is just plain fun and that could bring joy to others! You may create a new project or may submit an original project that had previously been developed for a class, for a science competition, or just for fun. Let your imagination and STEM skills run wild!
You must be able to instruct other students in how to complete your project.
Your project must be replicable by other students with your instruction.
COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM. Come back to the website MarvelStudiosSTEMChallenge.com and click on the APPLY page to complete the online application form. Applications will be accepted on or about 4:00am PDT on August 23, 2017 until 6:00pm PDT, September 23, 2017. You are strongly encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration.
RECEIVE CONFIRMATION. Once your application has been processed and accepted, you will receive a confirmation email (processing takes approximately 48 hours).
CREATE YOUR CHALLENGE ENTRY VIDEO. Once your application is accepted, and once your project is complete, it’s time to create a video in which you demonstrate your project, and tell us how you used your superpower of STEM to create and complete your project. If you are not sure how best to share your project whith others, check out your favorite instructional videos on the Internet for inspiration.
You may use a smartphone, computer, tablet, or camera to make your video. Please make sure we can see and hear both you and whatever you are describing/demonstrating clearly. Make sure you have adequate lighting, and the background is free of any copyrighted image, object, or obvious brand. Do not use any identifiable music in your video.
WHAT THE VIDEO MUST INCLUDE:
Your first name (and only your first name).
A demonstration of your project in an instructional format to show others how to recreate your project.
An explanation of how you used STEM to develop and create your project.
An explanation of how your project could help your family, community, or the world to be safer, healthier, or happier.
If the video does not feature you, your working project and answers to all of the questions listed above, it will be disqualified.
ALL VIDEOS MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING:
You should be the only person who appears in the video.
Please only include your first name in the video. Videos that include last names, physical addresses, high school names, or any other identifying information will be immediately disqualified from further consideration.
The video and the “script” (wording and presentation) must be original.
If the video is taken by a third party, you must have secured all rights and clearances to the video from the third party.
The video cannot contain any music or any identifiable background images (posters, logo shirts, objects with brand names, identifiable brand products, etc.).
Materials, products, and other objects used in the video should have their brand names obscured.
The video cannot contain materials displaying copyrighted images, names, likenesses, photographs, or anything else that identifies any person, living or dead, without permission.
The video cannot defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about people or companies.
The video cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group, or be derogatory to any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional, or age group.
The video cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill with which Disney wishes to associate.
The video cannot depict illegal activity and cannot itself be in violation of any law.
The video may not include images of a known celebrity, famous or well-known person, or any image that violates the right of privacy or publicity of any person.
The video cannot be more than seven (7) minutes in length.
UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO.
Do one last check of the quality of your video. Review the list above and make sure you have followed all of the instructions. Verify the video is no more than seven (7) minutes in length.
Please label your video in the following manner: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_Challenge (e.g., DOE_JANE_CHALLENGE)
Click the unique video upload link found in your application acceptance email and follow the directions to upload your video to the site.
I’m planning to head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair and Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest on Sunday, March 5. I feel clever as heck just planning to attend and seeing the robots! The Free Festival Includes: A Contest of Student-Imagineered Rube Goldberg Machines, an Innovation Exhibition Featuring Soccer Matches between Guest-Operated LEGO Robots, and a Panel of NASA & JPL Engineers
The Santa Monica Pier will welcome many of the country’s brightest young inventors, tech leaders, educators and students for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair. This one-day event is free to the public and summons all to playfully dive into an interactive experience that connects the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Kicking off the event at 11:30am, S..E.A.M. will entertain, enlighten, and mesmerize in three ways: a Path to Innovation Panel hosting brilliant galactic and scientific minds, an Innovation Exhibition presenting a wonderland of experiential and groundbreaking delights, and the Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contestfeaturing student teams from across Los Angeles and the nation.
Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
The event will feature tiers of middle school, high school, and university squads in a battle of Rube Goldberg machines – overly engineered contraptions that achieve a simple end-game through the most complicated (and humorous) paths imaginable. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning inventor and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, these contraptions inspire creativity and innovation. On the Internet, they’re viral video sensations, and in-person, they’re mechanical magic.
Student teams from Santa Monica to Alaska are scheming big for this year’s challenge – applying a Band-Aid in minimum of 20 chain reactions. Down the Santa Monica Pier, over a dozen machines will be operating in 10’x10’ plots, each tinkering towards that final Band-Aid mechanism. The winning team will be judged and awarded a cash prize and entry to the national competition by a creditable committee: Lyle Tavernier (NASA Educational Technology Specialist), Hector Alvarez (Two Bit Circus Creative Director), Brett Doar (celebrated Rube Goldberg machinist), Martin Tomasz (analog/radio/mixed-signal engineer), and Heather Doyle (S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair Creator).
Royal Rumble of Rube
Teams have taken DIY machine-building to new heights as they face off & compete for the best Rube Goldberg machine that can apply a BAND-AID™ in 20 steps or more! Prize money & everlasting glory are on the line so come pick a champ & cheer them on.
The Path to Innovation 2-3:30PM
A panel of innovators, including Michelle Easter of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jeremy Selan of Valve virtual reality, Zaina Siyed highschool robotics champion and founder of the FemSTEM scholarship will discuss the challenges of their fields and the opportunities that await!
I am a Robot!
Curby, Santa Monica Public Work’s walking, talking recycling robot will be joining us for a limited time at the grand entrance to the Santa Monica Pier along Ocean Front Walk.
Get Your Build On
Build a fort out of cardboard boxes, a sculpture out of rolled newspaper, or help create a giant recycling machine. This day is a builder’s paradise!
Swim With the Fishes
Visit Heal The Bay’s Aquarium under the Pier to check out the coolest creates and even pilot an underwater ROV mini-sub.
Path to Innovation Panel
A notable panel of scientific wizards will enlighten folks with visionary tales, discussing challenges in their fields and revealing secrets that the future holds.
Gray Bright: Host of the Tomorrow Show, standup comedian, robotic engineer, and Lego enthusiast.
Brent Bushnell: Board President and CEO (or Chief Rabble-Rouser) of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
Michelle Easter: former high fashion runway model who diverted at 26 to pursue an engineering degree. By 31, she had finished at the top of her class with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now a Mechatronics Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Jeremy Selan: two-time Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award Winner and Valve developer making an impact in the virtual reality sector.
Zaina Siyed: local high school student, robotics champion and founder of FemSTEM – a foundation to help encourage girls to participate in STEM activities.
During the competition, innovation stations will be activated throughout the pier hosted by event partners and vendors. Each will spark curiosity and engagement from the crowds with its own brand of genius:
Columbia Memorial Space Center: guests can use LEGO robots to compete against each other at soccer.
Craig Burrows Photography: floral photography collection lauded by Wired for its ‘ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence’ technique.
Heal the Bay / Aquarium / FCEC: piloting an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), build boats out of aluminum foil and play around with a host of other technological gadgets.
Orchanic: showcasing an A.I. prototype that uses Deep Learning to identify trash on the beaches, the HEXA spider robot, and smart clothing.
Paisley Garbage: arts and craft vendor.
Peddler’s Creamery: churn delicious homemade ice cream by a bicycle.
reDiscover Center: turn massive amounts of recycled cardboard into anything imaginable.
STEMup4Youth: guests can let their imaginations go wild by building enormous structures out of recycles cardboard.
Steve Craig’s drawBot: a crowd favorite, Steve Craig returns again this year with his exceptionally popular drawing machines and more.
T4T.org: invites festival-goers to create the Ultimate Recycling Machine using their imagination, engineering skills, and some fun upcycled materials.
For more information, visit SteamMachinesLA.com; search for the official event hashtag #SteamMachines.
Innovation Fair & Rube Goldberg Contest
Sunday • March 5 • 11:30am
200 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
About The Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. He was the inspiration for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which challenges participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task. The contest is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine.
Add the 2016 Wonder Women Tech Conference to your calendar this July for three days of workshops, keynotes and networking.
BE OUR VALENTINE! The Wonder Women Tech 2016 Early Bird Tickets are LIVE NOW! Because #WeLovePioneers we’re offering an extra 10% off FOR ONE DAY ONLY on Valentine’s Day! Be one of the first to get your tickets for the most epic #STEAM #womenintech #diversity #inclusion Conference! The magic happens July 15th – 17th, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center. We’ll have three stages with amazing keynotes and speakers, including a pitch stage! Explore several breakouts and workshops, two cabana lounges, a networking lounge, a *FREE career fair and expo and much more! The WWT Team is working hard to create a magical event sure to ‘disrupt the conference model.’ TICKETS ON SALE TODAY! REGISTER NOW!!
Wonder Women Tech Wants YOU to be Our Valentine! #WeLovePioneers
A-List Speakers and Pioneers!
Enjoy three stages filled with amazing speakers and influencers from around the world! To date we have over 250 speakers apply to speak at #WWT2016 from over 20 countries! Hear from ‘Oprah’s Fave Guest of All Time,’ President of UN Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and speakers from the top companies in STEAM, including Google, Microsoft, Intel, NASA and many, many more! We’ll also have a pitch stage where companies and individuals can pitch their product and talent!
Career Fair and Expo!
Wonder Women Tech is committed to changing the industry by fixing the broken pipeline to opportunities. We’re offering a FREE Career Fair for diverse candidates to connect with the companies that are looking for exceptional talent! Upload your resume and register to attend the Career Fair and Expo for free! *You must register and upload your resume to attend. Does not include access to the conference, however conference attendees WILL have access to the career fair and expo!
We’ll have a variety of breakouts and workshops, including WordPress workshops, speaker and sponsor hosted breakouts, DIY/Maker classes, and special sessions for our Seniors and Deaf and Disabled attendees! In an effort to fulfill our mission for Diversity and Inclusion, We’re also providing free STEAM classes for hundreds of underserved adults and children! In between sessions, mix and mingle and enjoy our Networking Lounge or Cabana Lounge under the summer sun!
Check Out The Sizzle Highlights From Wonder Women Tech 2015!
Getting my Geek Party on Next Friday at SDCC thanks to National Geographic Channel! RSVP and meet me for a night of SCIENCE!
National Geographic Channel invites you to Nerd Nite at San Diego's Comic-Con next Friday, July 10th from 7:00 – 10:30 PM at SILO in Makers Quarter (753 15th Street, San Diego, CA).
The event will feature free food, trivia(with amazing prizes!) and incredible presentations including: "The Science of Jurassic World," by paleontologist Trevor Valle; "Shop Class 2.0," by Joan Horvath and Rich "Whosawhatsis" Cameron, co-founders of Maker Technology Consultancy Nonscriptum LLC; and "Dead Life: Making a Living in Taxidermy," by award-winning taxidermist Allis Markham.
National Geographic Channel teams up with us again for another free special Comic-Con edition of Nerd Nite featuring trivia, prizes, free food, and presentations sponsored by the hit series Brain Games, the Emmy-nominated series hosted by idea DJ and ‘Shots of Awe’ creator Jason Silva. Find us on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 7-10:30pm at Silo in Makers Quarter at 753 15th Street in San Diego. We will feature presentations, trivia, prizes, FREE FOOD, and much more. Just RSVP here.
Back to the lectures at-hand:
*Presentation #1The Science of Jurassic World
by paleontologist Trevor Valle
Shop Class 2.0
by Joan Horvath & Rich ‘Whosawhatsis’ Cameron, Co-Founders of Maker Technology Consultancy Nonscriptum LLC
Dead Life: Making a Living Taxidermy
by award-wining taxidermist Alllis Markham