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Mastercard Provides Free Online STEM Lessons to Children, Teachers and Parents

Dubai, UAE – April 8, 2020  Mastercard has extended access to its signature Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, Girls4Tech™, through a suite of new online, creative educational resources. The program has been designed to help parents and teachers engage and inspire kids, ages 8-12.

Through the newly launched website Girls4Tech Connect, as well as through activities made in collaboration with Mastercard’s education partner Scholastic, teachers and parents across the globe can download lessons to help students learn about STEM topics from the comfort of their homes.

These activities are built on global science and math 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 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. In January 2020, Mastercard pledged its commitment to reach 2,020 girls in the region through the program as part of its commitment to Expo 2020 at a Girls4Tech event at Foremarke School in Dubai.

“We are adapting to the different ways our environment is changing and recognize that these are challenging times for parents, teachers and students on many fronts.  Mastercard is launching Girls4Tech Connect, a learning platform that provides resources and fun activities to engage and inspire kids about STEM while at home,” Girish Nanda, General Manager, UAE & Oman, Mastercard.

“The easy access to the website enhances what we’ve done in so many workshops across the region. We look forward to continue our efforts and inspire girls to pursue careers in STEM fields as we strive to achieve greater gender parity through Mastercard initiatives like Girls4Tech,” he added.

“Since implementing distance learning, we have seen the power of technology at work: our students and parents are engaged and have truly embraced the technology that we have in place. As an Apple Distinguished School, we place a great emphasis on technology and STEM subjects,” says Zoe Woolley, Headmistress at Foremarke School, Dubai.

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to empower both parents and students to enrich themselves by using engaging and interactive digital tools that are easily accessible. As students finish the academic year via distance learning, we encourage them to continue exploring the exciting range of potential careers they can pursue through STEM subjects,” she concluded.

Beginning this week, new activities will be posted on a weekly basis at the Girls4Tech website, Facebook page and Twitter handle. Lessons are currently available in English, with additional Spanish and Chinese language content to follow in the coming weeks.

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 program 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 program 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 program, Girls4Tech & Code for girls 8-10.

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