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Developing STEM Thinking for Children

First event in quarterly Discovering the Child Speaker Series: Live Panel Discussion on September 18, 2021, from 8 - 10 AM EDT.


On Saturday September 18 at 8:00am(EDT), 5:30pm (IST), and 2:00pm (CEST), the Prepared Montessorian will host a live 2-hour panel discussion with Rahul Raghaven, former Venture Capitalist and e-commerce expert at Amazon and now founder of PEPSchoolv2 in Bangalore, Dario Cardile, CEO Kaaja and President of Indigo AI, Mario Valle, scientific visualization expert at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center in Lugano, and Letty Rising, Elementary Montessori Trainer at the Prepared Montessorian to discuss how to develop STEM thinking for children to prepare them for an increasingly digital and virtual future. This is the first event in our quarterly post-conference series.

Event Format

Interactive 2-hour live discussion hosted on Zoom with an open Q&A session for you to directly chat with the Panelists on video or through chat.

Who will be interested?

If you are an educator passionate about cultivating interest of STEM for children, or a parent who wants to learn how to prepare your child for the skills needed in the 21st century workplace, you do not want to miss this event.

What will be discussed?

STEM has historically been delivered in a rote and mechanical method, which often loses interest in children and adults. Panelists Rahul, Dario, Mario and Letty believe there is a different approach that builds a deep conceptual understanding of STEM from a very early age with concrete and real-life experiences through the Montessori method. These scientists and educators will discuss:

  • Why is STEM education so desirable?
  • How to engage children through interesting ways to develop a love for STEM?
  • How to develop STEM thinking as a foundation for building specific skills that are in demand in STEM occupations today and in the future?
  • What challenges educators face when delivering STEM curriculum and how to overcome them?

What they have found may surprise you, as their conclusion is as much about development of intangible skills as it is technical hard skills. Just as computers have RAM memory and processing speeds, human cognition too similarly has executive functions and memory-recall which can be developed as early as 2 years old. Of course, when you register, please share your preliminary questions and don't be shy to ask questions during the discussion.

How to Register?

Click THIS LINK to register for the event through Eventbrite. After completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email and a Google Calendar invite with the Zoom link to join.

Speaker Bios

Dario Cardile
Dario Cardile
Graduated from the University of Pisa in 1996 in Math & Computer Science and with an MBA in Marketing & Finance from the Smurfit School of Business in Dublin, Dario is an expert in managing digital business, strategies and growth. With over twenty years of experience in the sector, he has held various strategic roles in management consulting firms and international organizations such as Telefónica, Accenture, PayPal, Expedia and Groupon - where Dario has held key roles in customer acquisition, online marketing, analytics, business development and corporate strategy. As an expert in Innovation, Digital Transformation and Digital Marketing, Dario is lecturer and scientific coordinator at the 24ORE Business School and the RCS Academy and co-author of the book "Digital Transformation. Strategies and tools for tomorrow's SMEs", published by Egea in October 2017.
Letty Rising
Letty Rising
Letty is an international Montessori consultant, speaker, writer, and elementary teacher trainer at The Prepared Montessorian. She holds an AMI elementary diploma for ages 6-12 and an M.Ed from Loyola University in Maryland. She has held positions as a Montessori Elementary Teacher, Education Coordinator, Homeschool Education Specialist, and Head of School in several different Montessori communities over the years.
Rahul Raghavan
Rahul Raghavan
Rahul Raghavan founded and teaches at PEP Schoolv2, a Montessori school in Bangalore, India. Before being inspired by Montessori's vision, Rahul worked in venture capital, finance at global investment banks & e-commerce giant Amazon, where he got a ringside view of the rising influence of data science across many aspects of modern life. He holds engineering and management degrees from the elite Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, in Engineering Physics and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore/Yale School of Management. He enjoys recreational math and playing chess in his spare time!
Mario Valle
Mario Valle
Mario Valle has worked as a computer scientist in various software companies and since 2003 is at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center in Lugano where works as a scientific visualization expert and other data science roles. He has collaborated with various scientists, mainly in the chemistry and crystallographic fields, and the results have been published in various scientific journals. But he is above all a father that sent his son to a Montessori school even having zero knowledge of the method. But his son's reports and stories from the school led him to approach this world, where the Maria Montessori’s ideas have captured him, especially for their concrete scientific foundations. Now, Mario is a Montessori enthusiast helping other parents discover why this method works so well, especially in our technological world.

Previous Talk by Panelist

Discovering the Child Conference Talk presented by Rahul Raghavan, Founder of PEP School v2, India The Montessori elementary curriculum (as offered in training courses) has been static. Over the decades, gaps in the curriculum have only grown. For e.g., Montessori math offers pathways into algebra, trigonometry & calculus; but there is no parallel pathway into probability & statistics. This despite the fact that Montessori materials are perfectly suited for data-oriented work! I want to offer a vision of how guides can ideate & fill such gaps independently via Montessori materials & principles.

Previous Talk by Panelist

Discovering the Child Conference talk presented by Letty & Zoe Rising. Maria Montessori's ideas and approach to education have proven to be timeless, as children across the globe continue to benefit from the pedagogy that she developed over a century ago. In this session, we are going to discuss the ways in which the Montessori approach to science aligns with 21st century STEM education. We will also share some practical ideas on how parents and teachers can further support scientific thinking and experimentation.