Mastercard provides free online STEM lessons to children, teachers and parents

Friday, Apr 03, 2020 18:09

Now in its sixth year, Girls4Tech has engaged more than 800,000 student girls and 4,400 employee mentors across the world. — Photo courtesy of Mastercard

Mastercard on Friday announced it had extended access to its signature STEM curriculum, Girls4Tech™, through a suite of new online and creative educational resources.

The programme has been designed to help parents and teachers engage and inspire kids, aged 8-12.

“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,” said Susan Warner, vice president of Community Engagement at Mastercard, and founder of Girls4Tech.

“The easy access to the website enhances what we’ve done in so many workshops. We look forward to building on both efforts when it’s once again safe to gather in person.”

Through the newly launched website Girls4Tech Connect, as well as through activities in collaboration with education partner Scholastic, teachers and parents can download lessons to help students learn about STEM topics from the comfort of their homes or anywhere around the world.

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.

Beginning this week, new activities will be posted on a weekly basis on 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.

Now in its sixth year, Girls4Tech has engaged more than 800,000 student girls and 4,400 employee mentors in 27 countries on six continents 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. — VNS

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