Cards Against Humanity Expansion Pack to Fund Scholarship for Women in STEM
Cards Against Humanity, the card game company known for its dark humor and witty social media stunts, isn’t joking when it comes to good deeds. Cards Against Humanity’s new Science Expansion Pack is using the revenue it generates to fund a Science Ambassador Scholarship for women in STEM fields.
The Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year aimed at helping women enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. To apply for the scholarship, interested students must make a short video of themselves explaining a concept in STEM, which will be evaluated by an advisory board of women with STEM degrees, according to the scholarship’s home page.
The scholarship is open to any female-identifying student who will be studying a STEM major full-time at a U.S. university during the 2018-2019 school year. The short video application will be open until December 11th, and requires applicants to give a mini-lecture of a STEM concept of their choice in order to be considered. The Science Ambassador team is planning to select ten finalists in January, and announce the final winner in April of 2018.
Cards Against Humanity is an irreverent card game that involves matching phrases to answer questions or complete statements. The quirky and often inappropriate game is popular with teens and young adults who appreciate the unique sense of humor. The game also frequently offers expansion packs on its website for players to add themed cards to their starter packs.
The Science Expansion Pack is the most recent update, with 30 cards about a variety of topics in science and STEM. Each pack costs ten dollars, all of which is donated to support the Science Ambassador Scholarship. So far, the company has raised over $1 million from the Science Pack alone.
The Science Ambassador Scholarship continues Cards Against Humanity’s record of political and social activism. While STEM jobs continue to pay the highest salaries, women are significantly underrepresented both in university programs and in the workforce, according to the National Science Foundation.
The ratio has improved over the last few decades, but women are still the minority: for example, in 2014 the percentage of computer science bachelor’s degrees earned by women was only 18.1%.
Cards Against Humanity is no stranger to activism; earlier this year, the company started a crowdfunding initiative to purchase land along the U.S.-Mexico border in order to impede President Trump’s potential border wall, according to Time.
The game company also released a “For Her” card pack earlier this year, which was identical to the original set except for the hot pink “For Her” packaging and an additional $5 added to the cost: the pack was designed to bring attention to the wage gap between men and women.
The Science Ambassador Scholarship is an important step towards gender equality in STEM fields and in higher education programs. While this year’s scholarship will only have one winner, Cards Against Humanity hopes that highlighting one outstanding female STEM student will inspire others to join the movement for equality in the future.
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