Mastercard has extended access to its 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, aged between 8 to 12 years.
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.
(TOP: A face-to-face session during a Girls4Tech programme at Loretto Convent Msongari in Nairobi).
These activities are built on global science and maths standards – and incorporate Mastercard’s 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 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. Just last month, Mastercard hosted its first 2020 Girls4Tech programme in Kenya where it reached 68 girls aged between 9 and 11 years.
“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 of Marketing and Communications for 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.”
While all lessons are designed for students to work independently, materials are also available for teachers to guide during online sessions.