Disney announced the 12 finalists in Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair, a nationwide science competition held in conjunction with the release of "Iron Man 3," sponsored by Discovery Science Center, Broadcom Foundation and Marvel Studios, along with Visa Signature and the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. On the evening of May 3, at the 4:30pm screening of Marvel’s "Iron Man 3," Grand Prize winners received their awards in a special ceremony onstage at the El Capitan Theatre, hosted by Asa Kalama, a Walt Disney Imagineer, with special guest Robert Downey, Jr. All 12 Inventor and Innovator Fair finalists will have their projects on display at the El Capitan from May 3-June 19.
|The 12 Finalists in the Iron Man 3: Inventor & Innovator Fair with star Robert Downey, Jr.|
Like Iron Man’s alter ego, Tony Stark, these young geniuses are discovering and creating the world for tomorrow. And getting to be a finalist hasn’t been easy. Sixth through ninth-grade girls and boys across the nation were invited to participate in Marvel's Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair and asked to produce innovative, inventive projects based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) themes from "Iron Man 3." The competition encouraged students to submit projects that aligned with the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering™.
Earlier this month, after judges reviewed over 300 science projects from all over the country, 30 semi-finalists were chosen. From the 30 semi-finalists, the panel of judges chose 12 finalists, who will compete for the grand prize awards.
Following are the 12 finalists and their winning projects:
Arjun Dhawan, Newburgh, Ind. – “Walking with Sensors”
|Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey, Jr., talks with the 12 Finalists in the Iron Man 3: Inventor & Innovator Fair|
Cassie Drury, Louisville, Ky. – “Exploring Cell Signaling in Wound Healing”
Chase Lewis, Chapel Hill, N.C. – “Rescue Travois- Saving Lives”
Emma Christensen, Greenville, N.C. – “Saved by the Bug”
Galen Lee, Cottondale, Ala. – “Solar Funnel Cooler”
Justin Abrahim – Pittsburgh, Pa. – “Ouch! Helmets and Concussions”
Maya Patel, The Woodlands, Texas – “Gauging Inferno Sprawl”
Megan Swintosky, Hatfield, Pa. – “Novel Mutations in the FLCN Gene in Cases of Familial Spontaneous Pneumothoraces”
Shixuan Justin Li, Lynn Haven, Fla. – “No Mo Squites”
Stephen Coyne, Knoxville, Md. – “Robotic Prosthetics: A Hand Prototype”
Grand Prize judges for Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair will be Dr. Henry Samueli, Chairman of the Board, Broadcom Corporation; Joe Adams, President, Discovery Science Center; Janet Yamaguchi, Vice President of Education, Discovery Science Center; Dr. Yannis Yortsos, Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California; and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO, NantWorks, LLC.
The 12 finalists of Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair won a trip to Southern California, provided by Visa Signature. The trip includes a meeting with Disney Imagineers, a trip to Disneyland, a visit to Discovery Science Center, a special experience at Broadcom Foundation, and more.
Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, "Iron Man 3" is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic super hero Iron Man, who first appeared in the pages of TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 in May of 1968.
"Iron Man 3" is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D'Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
In addition to "Iron Man 3," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Thor: The Dark World" on November 8, 2013; "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014; "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014; the untitled "Marvel's The Avengers" sequel on May 1, 2015; and "Ant-Man" on November 6, 2015.