IBA AMAN CED organized the Graduation Ceremony of its Incubatee STEMMERS

IBA AMAN CED organized the Graduation Ceremony of its Incubatee STEMMERS

March 21: IBA AMAN CED organized the graduation ceremony of its incubatee STEMMERS at the Aman Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), IBA Main Campus. STEMMERS is an initiative to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management (STEMM) education to learners of grade 4 and above and to produce tech-savvy future leaders in Pakistan. They offer basic, intermediate and advanced level courses in which students have the opportunity and resources to learn cutting edge technologies in robotics, programming, 3D printing and even game development.

STEMMERS was incubated at AMAN CED-IBA in September 2015 and since then it has seen progressive growth with time. Several schools collaborated with STEMMERS to offer STEM based courses in their schools.

The ceremony commenced with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by Dr. Imran Khan, Assistant Professor, Computer Science. Following this, a glorious welcome note was presented by Dr. Shahid Qureshi, Director IBA AMAN CED. Dr. Shahid Qureshi welcomed the guests and thanked them for their presence. He talked about the Effectuation Theory, which encourages people to have smaller dreams. 'When you dream small, and manage to achieve these dreams, then the ability to see big dreams will develop,' he further elaborated. It is essential to instill this concept, since it allows for the utilization of fewer resources. He also mentioned how the absence of money is a resource as it encourages creativity. For instance, there have been start-ups in CED managing their businesses with amounts as low as Rs. 5000-10,000. Mr. Azad Ahmed Manager Incubation and Outreach Activities, then gave a brief introduction of how STEMMERS was launched at IBA AMAN CED.

Following this, Mr. Ahmed Paracha, founder of Stemmers, mentioned how STEM education is taught at the primary level in schools abroad, but not in Pakistan. He talked about the journey – how it was founded in September 2015 and gradually began to expand across well-known universities such as NUST. 'Our target is to reach a level at which students can contribute to society,' he stated. The aim is also to develop entrepreneurial skills in children – indicating the change from the original name STEMERS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEMMERS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Management). Mr. Paracha elaborated that several schools collaborated with STEMMERS to offer STEM based courses in their schools. A Summer Camp was also offered, in June-July 2016 in collaboration with AMAN CED in which over 200 students were catered to. Recently STEMMERS has acquired a designed facility in DHA Karachi, focusing on the CITIZEN SCIENCES concept and first Maker's Studio for school level students in Pakistan. Mr. Paracha then thanked Dr. Shahid, Dr. Imran, and all current and past members of the team.

Towards the end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Mr. Ahmed Paracha and a private investor, Mr. Mohammad Rashid.

IBA AMAN CED wishes STEMMERS all the best for their future endeavors!

For further details on STEMMERS, please visit their website www.stemers.net or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/stemmers.

IBA AMAN CED organized the Graduation Ceremony of its Incubatee STEMMERS
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