Mastercard has extended access to its signature STEM curriculum, Girls4Tech, through a suite of new online, creative educational resources. The program will help parents and teachers engage and inspire kids, within ages eight to 12.
New activities will be posted weekly at the Girls4Tech website, Facebook and Twitter handle. All broadcasted in English. Teaching materials will be available for teachers to guide online sessions.
Now in its sixth year, Girls4Tech has engaged more than 800,000 students across the globe. Including more than 200 in Kenya through inquiry-based activities and real-world challenges. All with the goal of inspiring more girls to pursue STEM careers and reduce the gender gap in these fields. Last month, Mastercard hosted its first 2020 Girls4Tech program in Kenya. It reached 68 girls aged between nine and 11.
Girls4Tech Connect in collaboration with Mastercard’s education partner Scholastic, teachers and parents can download lessons to help students learn about STEM topics, from the comfort of their homes.
The program is in line with global science and maths standards. Besides, they incorporate Mastercard’s deep expertise in payments technology and innovation – to enable children to discover a range of STEM careers, such as Fraud Detective, Data Scientist, and Software Engineer.
“We know that these are challenging times for parents and teachers on many fronts and hope that these learning resources are a fun way to engage and inspire kids about STEM while at home,” says Ifeoma Dozie, Director, Marketing and Communications, Mastercard Sub-Saharan Africa. “The easy access to the website enhances what we’ve done in our many workshops across Kenya. We look forward to building on both efforts when it’s once again safe to gather in person.”