In honor of the film Hidden Figures, which revolves around the story of three black female mathematicians during the Space Race in the ’60s, the company is partnering with PepsiCo to launch a contest to find more women working in STEM.
The “Search for Hidden Figures” contest aims to identify females interested in or pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and support their success. 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.
Females 13 and older who are U.S. residents are eligible to enter on the contest site until Dec. 10, by answering essay questions. Those chosen as semi-finalists must submit videos to continue competing. The videos will be judged by the movie’s producers, Pharrell Williams and Donna Gigliotti; Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler; and NYAS president Ellis Rubinstein.
According to PepsiCo, the contest is part of the company’s investments in helping to address the shortfall of STEM professionals as a whole, and females in particular, who currently make up just 24% of the STEM workforce. PepsiCo, which says it views STEM talent as crucial to its own future innovation and growth, was founding chair of the STEM Innovation Taskforce and is an ongoing supporter of NYAS’s Junior Academy of Sciences.
Check out the video above and visit SearchForHiddenFigures.com for more information about the contest and to enter.
This film tells the untold true story of the African American women mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley, who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era. The story revolves around these brilliant African-American women who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history, the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission in 1962, and became the first American to orbit the Earth.
Henson will play Katherine Johnson, Spencer will play Dorothy Vaughan and Monae will play the youngest member of the trio, Mary Jackson. Kevin Costner will co-star as the head of the space program.
Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst and Glen Powell are also set to star in the film. Ted Melfi will direct alongside producer Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping who will produce through Chernin Entertainment, and Donna Gigliotti will produce through Levantine Films. Pharrell Williams will also serve as a producer and music composer.