If you had the chance to see the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” over the weekend, then you know that teamwork is at the core of the movie. Just like T’Challa, Shuri and the Dora Milaje in the action-packed movie, teams across Walt Disney World Resort joined forces to make a dream come true for kids from the Disney Clubhouse, a branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, who are part of a comic book club.
Last week, cast members from the PULSE Diversity Resource Group visited the group with a special surprise – tickets to an exclusive screening of the new Marvel Studios film and a unique interactive “Black Panther” activity packet developed by Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team. Through an introduction to the film and engaging activities, the kids learned about the strength of nature and the power of finding your inner hero, just like T’Challa.
Black Panther is a hero inspired by nature, whose abilities and visual appearance mimic the strengths and adaptation of the animal that shares his name. The film touches on several themes that speak to the importance of protecting nature. Wakanda itself is somewhat utopian in its balance with nature. The intermingling of technology and nature, themes that sometimes appear at odds with each other, is critical to the survival of the Wakandan people.
One of the themes kids learned about was biomimicry, an approach to innovation that emulates designs and ideas found in nature. Patterns in nature have long inspired scientists and helped them develop solutions to challenges. They also learned more about rhinos, one of the animal species Disney is working to protect. M20 is a massive, virtually indestructible rhinoceros featured in the film. Unfortunately, rhinos in the wild are much more vulnerable and face multiple threats of habitat loss and poaching. You can learn more about rhinos and how Disney is working to reverse the decline of this endangered species at DisneyAnimals.com.
To learn more about Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and its celebration of nature, download the free activity packet. Enjoy games, puzzles and crafts that showcase the power of nature and the benefits of spending time outdoors. Check out Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” now playing in theaters nationwide.
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