Doctor Strange: The Magic Of STEM Challenge Announced

Over the past several years, Marvel Studios has been putting together contests that encourage [...]

Over the past several years, Marvel Studios has been putting together contests that encourage inquisitive young women across the country to get involved in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and with the upcoming release of Doctor Strange, the studio has launched a new contest encouraging young women, between the ages of 15 to 18 (grades 10-12) and residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, to discover the secrets and mysteries behind modern scientific and technological discoveries and innovations.

"Hi, I'm Rachel McAdams, and I play the role of Dr. Christine Palmer, colleague and confidant to Marvel Studios newest hero in the upcoming film Doctor Strange," the actress says in the video above. "Throughout history ideas once thought possible only by magic have become a reality through science and technology. Marvel Studios is offering an exciting, unique opportunity to girls just like you to discover and share the magic behind science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM."

How's it work? Come up with a sciene/technology-related question; find a mentor in the real world that will help you discover and understand the answer(s) you seek; create a 5-minute science vlog sharing what you've learned on your journey; and fill out and sumbit an application at

Five finalists will be selected and each will:

  • Receive an expense-paid trip to Hollywood, California for the finalist and a parent or legal guardian to walk the red carpet at the World Premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS' DOCTOR STRANGE.
  • Receive $1,000 deposited into a high-yield savings account from Synchrony Bank.
  • Receive a tour of the Walt Disney Studios and more.

Of those five, one will be selected to be mentored by "the Walt Disney digital team and learn how to produce their very own science vlog, from story development through production and presentation. The vlog episode will then be shown via a Walt Disney Company media platform."

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From Marvel comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey.

The cast features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Into Darkness, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Derrickson, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister).

Marvel's Dr. Strange is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Marvel's Dr. Strange will cast a spell on audiences November 4, 2016.