If you are girl (or a parent of one) between 14-18; likes DIY; and understands the terms Raspberry Pi, Arduino, BeagleBone, micro-tech, actuator, tiny tech, or integrated driver then the Marvel’s Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge is looking for you. Probably also some parents so that you can explain it to us!
Participants 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. Afterwards, create a short video about how your project can inspire other girls to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering and math. In other words, why are you excited about STEM and why they should be too!
What are the Prizes for the Ant-Man Micro-Tech DIY Challenge
The winner will receive a variety of prizes:
- A trip to Hollywood and the World Premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man on June 29, 2015
- Attend a special technology workshop at the Disneyland Resort
- Receive a tour of Walt Disney studios
The deadline to enter is June 11th and winners will be announced on June 16th.
Important Links: Marvel’s Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge!
What is Raspberry Pi, Arduino and BeagleBoard
Since I was at the Maker Faire a few weeks ago, I’ve heard the terms Arduino and Raspberry Pi before. But just for the record, according to their web sites here are the descriptions. Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming through fun, practical projects. Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. And BeagleBoard is an open hardware, community-supported embedded computer for developers and hobbyists. Thank you Maker Faire.
If you’d like to get your daughter (on son) interested in these STEAM ideas, you can find books, parts, pieces and inspiration at Maker Shed which is the online store for Makezine and Maker Faire.