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Dardenne Elementary students learn STEM skills

Girls from Stacy Sweeso’s technology classes at Dardenne Elementary took part in the Girls4Tech program. [Facebook photo]

After winning a contest in 2018, representatives from Mastercard’s Girls4Tech visited technology teacher Stacey Sweeso’s classroom at Dardenne Elementary in mid-September. Representatives spent an hour with fourth grade girls and an hour with  fifth grade girls. Both classes worked through lessons on algorithms, biometrics, big data, cryptography, fraud detection and hands-on detective work.

Created in 2014, Mastercard’s Girls4Tech program seeks to inspire school-aged girls to build STEM skills that can translate to careers or leadership roles in the future.

Mastercard employees visit schools and provide a STEM curriculum based on global science and math standards that showcase data analysis, digital convergence and more. The curriculum connects the foundations of business to STEM principles.

Now in its fifth year, the program has reached over 400,000 girls in 25 countries.

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