Disney/Marvel and actress Natalie Portman have teamed up to encourage girls in grades 9-12 to participate in the Ultimate Mentor Adventure to dive into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The Ultimate Mentor Adventure will pair high school girls in the United States with mentors in the field of STEM. They’ll interview and learn from their mentors and make videos about their experiences. Videos will be judged by STEM experts and the winning creators will be flown to California for a week-long adventure, which includes meeting women working in STEM careers, participating in experiments, a special behind-the-scenes tour of Dolby Laboratories, and attending the opening day screening of “Thor: The Dark World,” in which Portman plays an astrophysicist, as well as a documentary short about their ultimate mentor adventure.
Even though boys and girls do not display any significant differences in their ability to learn math or science, women are still in the minority when it comes to STEM fields of study and careers. Unfortunately, as early as elementary school, girls pick up stereotypes that science and math are boys’ clubs and interest wanes. STEM programs are popping up across the country, many focusing on sparking interest and encouraging girls to pursue their interests in this growing, rewarding field. For more tips on how to encourage girls in STEM, check out PBS SciGirls.
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