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The (Girls2Pioneers) day camp was an awesome experience. It got me thinking about how the technology works. I really enjoyed learning about different types of interesting careers and it really encouraged me to go and try one of them. Nothing can stop me even if I'm a girl.

Sonali Biswes, United World College SEA, Grade 5

Along with MasterCard and Standard Chartered, Singapore Committee for UN Women launched the Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) campaign, Girls2Pioneers.

Girls2Pioneers provides day camps for girls between the ages of 10 to 15 comprising of fun challenges that cultivate skills in technology, design and construction, research, strategic planning, improvisation and engineering. These day camps are followed by field trips and mentoring sessions, which allow for first-hand interactions with corporate partners and mentors in each field.

The curriculum for day camps is provided by Discovering Without Borders, a social enterprise that whose mission is to provide children of all abilities equal opportunity and access to learn STEM subjects in a hands-on interactive way and Girls4Tech, Mastercard’s award-winning education program aimed at creating future problem solvers.

Why STEM?

A career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics enables our professionals to have the power to create value, to develop solutions, and to create impactful innovations. This is a very important area and our education system must seek to enable our people to seize opportunities and take on challenges. We are committed to an education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) that not only imparts technical knowledge to students, but nurtures in them an inquisitive attitude, a creative disposition and an entrepreneurial mindset. In the area of STEM, my hope is that we will provide many more opportunities for students, especially in our secondary schools, to have many more opportunities, to play and tinker with things, to make things. That is how I think you develop the feel for the power to create.

Speech by Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at the Opening Ceremony of the National Engineers Day and Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014, on 18 July 2014, 9.00am At UT- Auditorium 2, University Town

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