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Knowledge is My Superpower: edX and X-Men Join Forces

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with 20th Century Fox to offer our learners a chance to win an exclusive X-Men experience as part of the edX X-Men: Apocalypse sweepstakes. One lucky learner will be awarded the Grand Prize, which includes a trip for two to New York City for an experience with Hollywood special effects artists to transform you into your favorite X-Men inspired character.

But that’s not all, learners will also have the chance to win a pair of tickets to see X-Men: Apocalypse in theaters or gain entry as a verified student into SmithsonianX’s The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture course, led by comic book legend Stan Lee. All of the details regarding the sweepstakes can be found here.

So, whether you’re a fan of X-Men or want to develop and master your own superpower, edX has the courses for you.

Learn the Secrets Behind the X-Men’s Superpowers

Superhuman strength, telekinesis and telepathy may seem like cool superpowers, but at edX we know the strongest superpower of all is knowledge. Check out our X-Men character inspired courses below and learn the science behind their superpowers.

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Professor X – The Science of Everyday Thinking 

As founder of the X-Men, Professor X is a powerful telepath who can read and control minds. Learn how to control your own mind in The Science of Everyday Thinking as you explore your own thoughts, opinions and learn tips and tricks for changing people’s minds and perhaps become a bit of a telepath yourself.


Beast – Introduction to Computer Science 

Don’t be alarmed by his appearance, although he is big and strong Beast’s strongest superpower is actually his intelligence. Expand your knowledge and learn how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently, like Beast, in Introduction to Computer Science. Prove your power is your brain as you gain a robust understanding of computer science and programming.


Cyclops – Inclusive Leadership Training: Becoming a Successful Leader 

As one of the X-Men’s primary leaders, Cyclops had to work to build his leadership skills and effectively lead the X-Men team. Find out what it takes to successfully lead in the 21st century as you work through real-world concepts, that may or may not include leading a group of superheroes to fight off monsters.

nightcrawler4Nightcrawler – The Science of Happiness 

Nightcrawler may not look overly friendly with his indigo skin, webbed feet and yellow eyes, but make no mistake he is the “trickster” of the X-Men team. Always looking to play a practical joke, and with his superpowers of being able to teleport, he’ll surely play a trick on you. Want to be a happy-go-lucky guy like nightcrawler? In The Science of Happiness, you’ll learn science-based principles and practices to help you lead a happy and healthy life.


Storm – Climate Change: The Science 

Whether it be rain, wind, snow or lightning, Storm’s superpowers allow her to control the weather. But it’s not Storm’s powers that are contributing to our planet’s climate change. Learn the science behind climate change including the role humans, not mutants, have played and how to evaluate scientific evidence about global warming and the Greenhouse Effect.

Discover your superpower with edX and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win in the edX X-Men: Apocalypse sweepstakes!