MasterCard employees invited their daughters and nieces ages 8-14, to Purchase headquarters to participate in its signature Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, Girls4Tech.
Roughly 60 girls, ranging from 3rd-10th grade, participated in a series of hands-on, inquiry-based activities exploring the technologies that encompass the foundation of MasterCard’s business.
Forty three trained MasterCard college interns taught the curriculum, which served to educate the children on the many possible STEM careers, as well as the diversity of skills and strengths that go into being a STEM professional.
“The interns were awesome instructors. Because of their energy, passion and keen delivery of the curriculum, our instructors turned 56 initially shy girls into highly engaged, enthusiastic STEM champions that didn’t want to leave the building,” says Susan Warner, Vice President, Worldwide Communications, MasterCard. “It has been an honor to share our passion for technology with our extended MasterCard family.”
Launched in April 2014, more than 1300 girls have participated in the Girls4Tech workshops in the US, Germany, India and Dubai. MasterCard is also taking the program to Pune and Baroda, India; Sydney, Australia and the UK in 2015, with more markets to follow.