Institute of Business Administration (IBA) AMAN CED organized the graduation ceremony of its incubatee STEMMERS at the Aman Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), IBA Main Campus.
An official of the IBA said on Friday that 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 were 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.
In his welcome address Dr. Shahid Qureshi, Director IBA AMAN CED, welcomed the guests and talked about the Effectuation Theory, which encourages people to have smaller dreams.
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.
Azad Ahmed Manager Incubation and Outreach Activities, gave a brief introduction of how STEMMERS was launched at IBA AMAN CED.
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).—PR