Having worked in the field of Information Technology, and being a mother, it is my belief that education should be affordable and no child should be left behind. According to the World Economic Forum, “65% of children entering primary schools today will work in jobs that don’t exist today.” With demand for smart devices, Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, data mining, engineering, coding, data analytics, etc. there is an obvious need for kids of the current generation to have hands-on experience at their early age to create foundation and interest just like we do in other subjects such as arts, history, language, music, and sports.
I am fortunate to have experience of working for the Fortune 500 companies, and volunteering at public libraries, women welfare, and education for kids. Having experience of conducting software and technical training, and partnering with experts in Education, Science, Technology, and Engineering, we have created MySTEM – Science and Technology Academy. At MySTEM, we are looking forward to in making positive contribution in educating kids in STEM at their early age by immersing them in a hands-on curriculum that prepares them for the workforce of the future in a fun and rewarding experience!
Dr. Alpesh P. Makwana
Dr. Makwana has more than 16 years of experience of designing and developing leading-edge educational, learning, and training technologies for Government, Higher Education, and Private Industries. His experience stems from implementing hands-on software and technology which are in-demand now in workforce, and those which will make impact in near future. Dr. Makwana is an international leader in the field of simulation, modeling, online/self-paced learning, and instructional design; he has been critical in integration of the highest level of emerging technologies such as SAP, SAS, Interactive Simulation in programs offered to Embry-Riddle students around the world. In one of his research project while working at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Dr. Makwana conducted field-test at the Glenridge Middle School and Lawton Chiles Middle School for creating an educational PC-based game, Hurricane!, to educate effects of hurricane winds on different kinds of residential structures and emergency readiness. Hurricane! was displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry’s (MOSI) in the “Disasterville” exhibit from 2008 to 2016 in Tampa, Florida. For his exemplary experience and service, Dr. Makwana has received awards, recognition, and certificates from Blackboard, University of Central Florida, SAS, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
When Dr. Makwana is not working, he enjoys spending time volunteering at the Hindu Temple in Orlando (Casselberry), fund raising activities to eradicate hunger and poverty, and promoting peace and education in general. He also enjoys spending time with his 6-year old son, wife, and mother; and, teaching Hindi at the Hindu Temple in Orlando.