Based on research into how girls learn, engineers at Mastercard devised the Girls4Tech programme to engage them in STEM from an early age.
STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) has a pipeline problem when it comes to girls taking up study and work in these areas. It’s this problem that initiatives such as Girls4Tech aim to tackle.
Girls4Tech was launched in 2014 by Mastercard with a curriculum created in conjunction with top engineers and technologists at the company. The award-winning education programme teaches the fundamental principles of STEM to girls aged 10 to 13, but it can be attractive to all ages and genders.
This was proven at CoderDojo’s 2018 Coolest Projects event, where Mastercard’s Girls4Tech booth attracted all kinds of young learners eager to engage with the interactive STEM challenges.
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Words by Elaine Burke