Mastercard has extended access to its signature STEM curriculum, Girls4Tech™

August 10, 2020
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August 10, 2020 Tumelo Moloi

Mastercard has extended access to its signature STEM
curriculum, Girls4Tech™, through a suite of new online, creative educational resources. The
programme has been designed to help parents and teachers engage and inspire kids, ages
eight to 12.


 
Through the newly launched website Girls4Tech Connect, as well as through activities made
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.
 
These activities are built on global science and maths standards – and 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.
 
Now in its sixth year, Girls4Tech has engaged more than 800,000 students across the globe –
including more than a 1,000 in South Africa – 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. Recently, Mastercard launched its first 2020 South African
Girls4Tech programme at Phoenix College in Johannesburg where it reached 110 girls aged
between nine and 11.
 
“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 Suzanne Morel, Country Manager, South Africa at Mastercard. “The easy access
to the website enhances what we’ve done in so many workshops in South Africa. We look
forward to building on both efforts when it’s once again safe to gather in person.”
 
Each week, new activities will be posted on the Girls4Tech website, Facebook page and Twitter
handle. Lessons are currently available in English.
 
While all lessons are designed for students to work independently, materials are also available
for teachers to guide online sessions.
 
Impact Highlights from the First Six Years
To date, Girls4Tech has reached more than 800,000 girls in 27 countries and on 6
continents.

The programme has engaged more than 4,400 employee mentors worldwide.

Mastercard has partnered with Scholastic, Be Better China, Major League Baseball,
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), R&A and YCAB in Indonesia to further
scale the programme and offer STEM skills in unique ways to girls ages 8-16.
As technology skills evolve, a new curriculum was launched in 2019 to give students
deeper exposure to the growing fields of cybersecurity and AI – Girls4Tech
Cybersecurity & AI.
Girls4Tech programs also extend to girls ages 13-16 with Girls4Tech 2.0, as well as a
20-week coding programme, Girls4Tech & Code for girls 8-10.

 
To learn more about Girls4Tech and access the online lessons, please visit Girls4Tech
Connect.

About Mastercard, www.mastercard.com
Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect
and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making
transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships
and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments
and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture
and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than
210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless
possibilities for all.

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