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The Stark Expo Comes to Life with ‘Iron Man 3:’ Inventor and Innovator Fair

Iron Man 3Good news, aspiring inventors!  The day has come for you to become the next Tony Stark (minus the “billionaire playboy philanthropist” part . . . )!  Discovery Science Center, Broadcom Foundation, Marvel Studios, Visa Signature, and El Capitan Theatre are joining together to host the nationwide Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair!

Sixth through ninth grade girls and boys across the nation are invited to participate in this exciting competition.  Participating students are being asked to produce innovative, inventive projects based on themes from Marvel’s Iron Man 3 —science, technology, engineering, and math-related concepts and practices. Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair competition is encouraging students to submit projects that align with the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering™. For more information, rules and how to apply, visit

The 12 finalists of the Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair will win a trip to southern California, provided by Visa Signature.  The trip includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney Studios, a meeting with Disney Imagineers, a trip to Disneyland, a visit to Discovery Science Center, and more!  Inventor and Innovator Fair finalists will also have their projects on display at the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA, from May 3rd-June 20th. The competition concludes at El Capitan Theatre on May 3rd, when four grand prize winners will accept their awards at a special ceremony on stage prior to the showing of Iron Man 3.

“Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair participants are the next generation of forward thinkers and innovators that will lead us into the future with scientific breakthroughs, engineering feats, and technological advances. They are the real-life Tony Starks of tomorrow!” said Mike Pasciullo, Marvel’s SVP, Brand Planning & Communications.

Some of the themes of the NAE Grand Challenges related to Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” are: (1) Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods, including projects involving themes of eco-friendly car development; (2) Engineer Better Medicines, with projects that focus on global disease prevention, limb regeneration and the study of body armor that protects injured body parts such as the heart; (3) Secure Cyberspace, inspiring projects that can lead to the development of new technologies that can redefine innovative security measures; and (4) Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery, in fields such as micro-technology, aeronautics or robotics. 

Be sure to enter today for your chance to become the brilliant inventors of tomorrow!


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