Microsoft and National Geographic have announced a partnership that aims to bring together women and girls in science. In a blog post today, Microsoft said that the partnership will create an event on March 18th to celebrate women in the fields science, technology engineering, and math, and technology (STEM).
The company says people can join the event online or at select Microsoft Stores. Microsoft will be part of a Facebook event where National Geographic will show a live stream featuring Jennifer Adler.
Adler is the National Geographic Young Explorer. Microsoft says she has lived on water all her life and is working on a conservation education project called Walking on Water. The project aims to teach children about freshwater, its benefits and conservation needs.
During the live event, viewers will be able to ask questions and hear Adler's story. The stream will also focus on how STEM has transformed the world and empowered change. The event will kick-off on Saturday March 18 at 1:10pm.
Alternatively, customers can head into select Microsoft Store locations in the United States. The on-premises events will include a #MakeWhatsNext Workshop. This is focused on girls age 8 and older. Microsoft says the event starts 10am on March 18 at the following stores:
- Bellevue, Bellevue Square Mall
- Dallas, NorthPark Center
- Miami, Dadeland Mall
- New York, Fifth Avenue
- Overland Park, Oak Park Mall
- Troy, The Somerset Collection
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Microsoft's Education platform has an extensive support for STEM subjects. In its blog post today, the company encourages girls and women to get involved in its Hour of Code.
The company kicked off its #MakeWhatsNext campaign last year. The social media campaign is designed to engage girls and get them interested in STEM education.