STEM FOR ALL

How do we make STEM education relevant and accessible for all, considering learners' different profiles and socio-economic backgrounds.

AAROBOTEC, EGB4 Technologies and Lahore College for Women University are co-hosting an online panel discussion to learn from each other how to help students with STEAM Education best practices. We intend to identify relevant grassroots programs for implementation in each country. These will help non-tech background students from various socio-economic segments to gain skills that will prepare them for the era of Digital Transformation and how it is affecting the Future of Work globally.

Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97311261063

on May 27th, 2021 starting at 10 am Austin TX, US; 5 pm Harare, Zimbabwe; 7 pm Dubai, UAE; 8 pm Lahore, Pakistan time.

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STEM For All

When

20:00, 27 May, 2021

Where

online:https://zoom.us/j/97311261063

Background

Motivating and retaining students in STEM subjects at school and college is a challenge everywhere in the world. This results in a shortage of STEM graduates in the workforce, including qualified STEM teachers, doctors, software engineers etc, simultaneously creating an oversupply of low-skilled population with lower earning potential and quality of life as well as holding back a country's economic growth.

causes

It is observed by educators around the world including Pakistan that learners of different backgrounds, interests and aptitudes have different responses to the teaching methods used. What is missing in many educational institutions are more engaging techniques that can help in making the STEM subjects easier and more interesting for students, leading to lower drop-out rates and stronger bonding of a larger student body with STEM careers.

Proposal

We are suggesting creating a Project 'STEM For All' under which we will jointly develop practical tools for educators to use to make their teaching of STEM subjects more effective for all kinds of learners.

Kickoff

To start with, we need to identify the specific causes as well as best practices and ideas. To kickoff this project, we propose holding a panel discussion with educators who have experience in this context.

Keynote Speaker

April Lanotte

NASA Aeronautics STEM Integration Lead and Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

expanding
Born and raised in the rural town of Mars, PA, April Lanotte is the STEM Integration Lead for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. In her current position with NASA, she works on making aerospace science more accessible to all teachers and students and works with engineers and subject matter experts on ways to add more STEM opportunities into their missions. She works with all of NASA Aeronautics’ programs and missions such as X-planes, drones and advanced air mobility, and programs to make aeronautics more sustainable and friendlier to the environment.
sharing
April has been in education for over 25 years. She taught middle school, high school, university, and was a Director of Education at an air and space museum. She has always loved aviation and space, and when she was in middle school, wanted to be an astronaut. Instead of becoming an astronaut, she used her other interests in writing, communications, and art to help share what NASA does with others.
connecting
April and her family live in Colorado. She has three children, lots of dogs, cats and other critters, and likes to camp, garden, and volunteer with her family at a cat sanctuary when she is not using her telescope and working to connect students and educators with NASA resources. She also supports an aerospace middle school in Colorado and runs a group of engineers, pilots, and educators around the state who all meet to grow aviation and space education for all students in Colorado.
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

Dr Asma Shahid Kazi

Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Teacher Education, Faculty of Education at Lahore College for Women University

inspiring
Dr Asma Shahid Kazi has been a teacher trainer for more than twenty years, and is serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Teacher Education, Faculty of Education at Lahore College for Women University since 2012. Her expertise includes teacher training, syllabus design, teaching and supervising research up to postgraduate levels. She has proven leadership experience in the design, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of challenging and inspiring curricula.
innovating
She is passionate about fostering academic development and long term student success and has been innovative and adaptive in implementing technology based curriculum delivery and assessment tools. She can adapt and deliver in challenging, fast paced and stressful situations and manage diverse academic functions efficiently.
integrating
She recently co-designed and implemented a new course on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) in the 4 year B.Ed. Hons Elementary program in her department and also initiated a MoU with EGB4 to introduce STEAM education at her university.
Her research interests include Teachers’ Professional Development, Blended Learning, Integrated Curriculum Design among others
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

Dr Bushra naeem

Associate Professor and the Head of Information Technology Department at Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta

Communications
Dr. Bushra Naeem is working in academia since 2010 and currently serves as associate professor and the Head of Information Technology Department at BUITEMS, Pakistan. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from BUITEMS, Quetta in 2009 and received her Master's degree in Engineering and Management from The University of Exeter, United Kingdom in 2010. She completed her PhD funded by the Higher Education Commission Pakistan from University of Technology Malaysia in 2016. Her subjects of interest include: Wireless Communications, Heterogeneous Networks, Digital Signal Processing , Cognitive Radios and future generation networks.
development
Known as one of youngest HEC scholars, she has also published various scientific papers and delivered keynotes in international conferences. She has also attended a number of continued professional development trainings at UAE, Pakistan and Oxford, UK. She is a registered member of Pakistan Engineering Council, IEEE, WIE, and the editorial board in several international journals. Dr. Bushra is Branch Counsellor IEEE Student Branch BUITEMS, Quetta. She has conducted numerous volunteer activities including scientific and social awareness programs.
awards
Distinguished Honors & Awards:
Outstanding performance in organizing webinars in pandemic, IEEE Karachi Section AGM, 2021
IEEE Region 10 Women in Engineering, personality of month, June 2019
Chair, IEEE Women in Engineering, WIE AG Karachi section, Pakistan (2019,2020)
Best Ambassador Award, by the Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE), UAE, Feb 2019
Exemplary IEEE Branch Counsellor Award, IEEE Karachi Section AGM, 26 Jan 2019
Best IEEE Branch Counsellor Award, IEEE Pakistan Student Congress (PSYWSC), November 2018
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

dr Syeda Sadia Fatima

Assistant Professor at Aga Khan University
Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Year II Chair office of the undergraduate medical education

education
Fellow-International FAIMER institute (Philadelphia, USA), 2022
Fellow-Higher Education Academy (UK), 2020
PhD in Physiology, University of Karachi, Pakistan, 2016
MPhil in Physiology, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi, Pakistan, 2012
MBBS, Jinnah Medical and Dental College, Karachi, Pakistan, 2004
training
Training scholarship; International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics from NIH, USA in 2017
Flipped Learning Global Initiative Certificates [Level I, Level II and Differentiation Specialist
research interests
Metabolic Syndrome
Diabetes/Insulin resistance/Insulin Secretion
Oxidative stress
Atherosclerosis
Reproductive and Feto-Maternal Health
Medical Education/ Flipped Classroom/ Team Based Learning.
Professional associations
Life Member College of Family Medicine Pakistan in affiliation with the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).
Life Member Pakistan Physiological Society (PPS).
Life Member the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DoHAD).
Life Member of the Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA).
Awards and honors
Faculty Development Award in 2020
Outstanding educator award in 2018
Outstanding teacher’s award in 2017
Outstanding researcher of the year award in 2014
Best Paper presentation award at 1st National Symposium on Medical Sciences, Spirituality and Mental Health, UMDC in collaboration with DUHS in 2015
Best Poster award at 5th Biennial Conference of South Asian Association of Physiologist (SAAP), Kathmandu University, Nepal in 2016
Best Paper award at 6th Biennial South Asian Association of Physiologists & 16th Biennial Pakistan Physiological Society conference Lahore, Pakistan in 2018
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

Dr aqsa shabbir

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization, at Lahore College for Women University

leadership
Dr. Aqsa Shabbir is currently working as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization, at Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. Prior to this she obtained her bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore and followed it with a PhD that was jointly awarded by Ghent University, Belgium and LMU Munich, Germany. She has authored over 40 publications, won several research grants and presented her work in various premium conferences across Europe, North America and Asia. While her primary research area is pattern recognition and renewable energy, she is extremely passionate about STEM education in women and technology-based women entrepreneurship.
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

Dr maria anjum

Assistant professor in computer science department, Lahore College for Women University

digital transformation
Dr. Maria Anjum is serving as assistant professor in computer science department, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan. She received Ph.D degree in computer science from Durham University, U.K. Her research interests include software architecture, service oriented computing, Internet of Things, robotics, and e-services.
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

shazia nasir

Head, School of Linguistics, Soft-Skill Trainer, Greenwich University, Karachi

conscious communication
Ms. Shazia Nasir is one of the leading Soft Skills Experts in Pakistan. She delivers talks on Conscious Communication across all industries, educational levels and cultures. Conscious Communication is based on the belief that good soft skills are the foundation of relationships and the lifeblood of effective leadership, teamwork, and organizational performance. In general, people's leadership and organizational effectiveness are a result of their ability to communicate. 
growth mindset
Heading the School of Linguistics at Greenwich University, Ms. Shazia is a people's person with a very positive approach towards them & thus she loves helping them grow personally and professionally. She strongly believes in Continuous Improvement & Change for Better, be it the people or the organization itself.
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

Engineer sana ziafat

Assistant Professor Department of Computer Engineering University of Engineering and Technology Taxila

Focused on outcome based education
She is working in academics since 2007. She is currently working as Assistant Professor Department of Computer Engineering University of Engineering and Technology Taxila. She has done B.Sc Computer Engineering from U.E.T Taxila in 2006 and M.Sc Electrical Engineering (Communication and Networks) in 2011. She presented her research work in IEEE conference held in Korea.
She has supervised several students projects related to Database Managements systems and has collaborated with various companies / software development centers for student’s projects. Recently, she has signed MOU with BMGM consulting group in Korea.
She is working as Departmental Representative for PEC accreditation process. Working as active outcome based education team member since 2018.
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

shagufta moghal

Professional Teacher Trainer and Faculty Member in the Department of Elementary and Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, at Lahore College for Women University

Professional Teacher Trainer
Shagufta Moghal has been training professionals for the past 8 years in different public and private sector institutes and universities of Pakistan. She has conducted extensive trainings for Early Years, Elementary and ELT teachers in areas such as Montessori Education, Functional English, Technical Writing, English for Specific Purposes, Pronunciation and Communication Skills, Child Development Practices, Educational Psychology, Phonetics and Phonology, Linguistics, Curriculum Design and Adaptation, Developing Makerspaces and Educational Research. 
STEAM Pedagogy and Maker Culture Enthusiast
Based on her extensive teaching and training experience, she has developed a deep interest in STEAM Pedagogy and incorporating Makerspaces and Maker Culture at all levels of education. In March 2020, she was selected as an Education Specialist in ‘Training workshop of Master Trainers- Makerspaces’ under the project titled ‘Rehabilitation and Revitalization of Science and Computer Labs’. The project was completed under supervision of the Department of International Development and Programme Monitoring & Implementation Unit, Government of Punjab. It was aimed at introducing and promoting maker culture by equipping 1000 schools across Pakistan with makerspaces and training math and science teachers to become Master Trainers in all districts of Pakistan. She is currently teaching a course on integrating ‘STEAM Education in Elementary Classes’ at Lahore College for Women University.
Project Based Approach to Research and Teaching
Shagufta Moghal is a born problem solver and uses a Project Based Approach in teaching and training. She provides opportunities for problem solving, interdisciplinary learning, reflection, self- correction, peer interaction and peer learning, and learner autonomy in her sessions. She is also a dedicated researcher and has recently submitted her PhD dissertation on Teacher Identity Construction and the Construction of Self in tertiary teachers of Pakistan. She applies her problem solving skills to investigate areas within Teacher Professional and Psychological Development, Teacher Resilience Development and Blended Learning. She recently published an article in an international journal on ‘Transforming the teaching of early years Science and Mathematics through the integration of STEAM education’ along with Dr. Asma Shahid Kazi.
DISTINGUISHED PANELIST

fatima zahra

Year 2 MBBS student at Aga Khan University (Class of 2024)

medical student's voice
Fatima Zahra, the youngest panelist and a person who enjoys mathematics, is a second year MBBS student at Aga Khan University. Fatima is an aspiring surgeon who aims to bring innovation in the field of medicine by introducing ideas that will focus students to not only learn but also analyse their work, learn to reflect and apply their knowledge rather than cramming and rote learning. 
technology in medical curriculum
She is a strong advocate of preventative medicine and awareness campaigns. She is currently working in collaboration with ROBOKIDS Pakistan, to launch a Robotics Society at Aga Khan University because she believes that one should not limit themselves and explore different fields. For her, sky is the limit. 
community first
She also believes in giving back to the community, and has contributed through her community work. This year, she was an active member of the Ramadan Drive by Quadragon Society in her college where she was in-charge of packaging food and its distribution to provide one meal a day to the needy during holy month of Ramadan. She has also worked with Humanity Initiative Organisation to help spread awareness amongst children and youngsters regarding several social issues, including importance of healthy diet, detrimental effects of smoking, menstrual hygiene.
achievements, roles and interests
•Deputy Head girl- O levels
•President of Scimath Society- A levels
•Research Mentor at Society of Promotion in innovative and Education (S.P.I.E) in Aga Khan University
•Founder of Team Robotics in the MedTech Wing of Society for Promotion of Innovation in Education at Aga Khan University

She likes to paint.
Her favorite actors include Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell, Tom Hanks, and the list goes on.