‘Thor’ Sequel Hammers Home Science Mentorships for Girls

Thor The Dark WorldMovie marketers are a clever lot, and sometimes they concoct plans that not only pitch their product but do some good along the way.

Enter Marvel Studios, the company hoping you’ll check out “Thor: The Dark World” come Nov. 8. To help spread the word, Marvel is teaming up with Dolby Laboratories, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), National Academy of Science, Girl Scouts USA and the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for a novel new mentor program.

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor Adventure is aimed at parents with girls ages 14 years and up nationwide. The program introduces girls to successful women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The future scientists can ask the pros about their work, how they reached their respective positions and ways they can follow in their footsteps.

Curious fathers can visit the program’s official web site for rules on how to apply for the contest. Finalists will win a week’s trip to Southern California.

The participating girls will conduct interviews with their new mentors and get a behind-the-scenes look at the scientific process. Their mentoring time will be filmed for a short to be shown at the El Capitan Theatre before a screening of “Thor: The Dark World.”

The sequel to the 2011 hit once more casts Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder and Natalie Portman as his spunky love interest. The new movie, set after the events of the first film and “The Avengers,” finds  Thor aligning with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight an ancient race that threatens to plunge the universe back into darkness.

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