21st Century Fox Tries to Close the STEM Gap, Holds Contest to Find Next Generation of Hidden Figures

Calling all women in STEM!

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21st Century Fox wants to do its part in bringing more women to STEM. In honor of the film Hidden Figures, which centers on the efforts of three black female mathematicians during the Space Race in the ’60s, the company is partnering with PepsiCo to launch a contest to find their own hidden figures.

Women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math are encouraged to submit their answers to essay and video questions for a chance to receive a membership to the New York Academy of Science, among other prizes. If you’re a high school student, college student or working professional, you’re eligible to enter.

You have from now until December 10 to enter. From December 17-30, semifinalists will be asked to submit a video response to a different question about STEM. After that, 10 runners-up will receive $10,000 in scholarships. Two grand prize winners will receive $50,000 in scholarships, plus entry to NYAS STEM skills training programs and a visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida. Winners will be revealed on January 12.

Hidden Figures tells the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson three mathematicians who helped NASA launch its first successful missions, sending Alan Shepard and John Glenn into space.  The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali and Aldis Hodge. Look for it in theaters on January 6, 2017.

You can also head here for STEM-related quizzes, games and challenges.

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