The hands-on, inquiry-based program connects the foundations of MasterCard’s business to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles and shows students that it takes all kinds of interests and skills to pursue a STEM career. Students are invited to hone their skills at the three stations set up at the MasterCard stand: Cryptology, Digital Convergence and Algorithms between 05 and 08 May 2015.
More than 25 employees from the MasterCard Dubai office are serving as mentors and role models, showing girls that it takes all kinds of interests and skills to pursue a career in STEM.
“All children study science at school, but many find it difficult to relate what they’ve learnt to real life situations. We are excited to share our passion for technology with girls in the UAE and to expose them to careers they might not have previously considered,” says Susan Warner, Vice President, Worldwide Communications, MasterCard. “The UAE is fast becoming a global hub of technology and innovation and offers an exciting range of career opportunities related to STEM fields. Our aim is to inspire young people to build their STEM skills and help them develop their problem-solving capabilities.”
Launched in April 2014, more than 300 girls have participated in the Girls4Tech workshops in the US, Germany and India. MasterCard is also taking the program to the UK in 2015, with more markets to follow.