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Our Second Annual Degrees of Success Conference!

Experience a day filled with fun, hands-on activities and gain valuable insight from knowledgeable speakers on succeeding in Science, Tech, Engineering, Math & Medicine (STEMM). Perfect for the whole family!

October 24th, 2021

11:00am - 4:30pm EST


What can I expect?

What can I expect?

Parents, Teachers & Students

Degrees of Success is aimed at parents, teachers & youth alike. Join us to participate in activities and engage in discussions that give you a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a STEMM career. Hear from our esteemed speakers in our “Trailblazers in STEMM” panel on how they have navigated the STEMM space as South Asian women and established themselves as successful, innovative leaders in their field.


Family & I Code Together

This fun-filled workshop provides a beginner-friendly introduction to coding using Scratch. You can choose to work together or compete against one another - either way, this is a great opportunity to bond with each other over coding!

Teach Me in 5

Learn more about flight and nuclear energy with our interactive module presentations! Members of the Lotus STEMM team will run 2 informational sessions for girls aged 8-15, complete with demonstrations that you can watch or actively engage in.


Prosthetic Power

Have you ever wondered how prosthetics are developed? Wonder no more! This workshop serves as an introduction to the field of biomedical engineering, with a focus on rehabilitation. Join our very own Lotus STEMM co-op students in building your own prosthetic hand with household items, and engage in a discussion about how we can use engineering design processes to create devices which help us in our daily lives and advance healthcare.


Conference Schedule




Family & I Code Together, with Scratch




Trailblazers in STEMM Panel/Q&A


Prosthetic Power


Teach Me in 5


Awards and Closing Remarks

Speakers and panelists

Activity Leaders

Family & I Code Together

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Jasvinder Kalra is a college educator with almost two decades of experience as an IT Educator and IT specialist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Science, a Masters in Information Technology and Masters in Computer Applications and Information Technology. She is highly involved in supporting women and girls in STEM through actively engaging with youth and their families at robotics events. She has found her involvement to be highly rewarding and is excited to teach about coding through Lotus STEMM's Family & I Code Together program.

Prosthetic Power


Jaraniya Vasantharasa is a current high school student entering Grade 12 in September. She is interested in neuroscience, cell biology, and biomedical engineering, and would like to pursue medical/pharmaceutical research in the future. Jaraniya first joined Lotus STEMM as a co-op student, and currently volunteers with Canadian Association of Girls in Science (CAGIS) as a chapter volunteer.

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Sundus Imran is a high school student going into Grade 12 this September. She is interested in biomedical engineering, business, and technology. In the future, Sundus aims to pursue a career in engineering. She originally joined Lotus STEMM as a co-op student and is now volunteering with the LS-CAGIS chapter.

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Yashaswani Chauhan is a 4th year undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a passionate advocate for STEMM education and hopes to inspire creativity in others through her work in Teach Me in 5 at Lotus STEMM.


Pragya Kaushik is currently a high school student at the Woodlands Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. She loves all the sciences, especially chemistry! She works as a volunteer with Lotus STEMM on the Teach Me in 5 project.


Meshva Desai will be starting her first year at the University of Waterloo for Biomedical Engineering. She hopes to share her passion for science with youth through volunteering with Lotus STEMM and co-leading the Teach Me in 5 project.



Bhavishyaa Vignesh is a 10 year old science and space enthusiast who loves exploring different aspects of astronomy. She got into STEM through the Junior Astronauts program jointly conducted by CAGIS (Canadian Association for Girls In Science) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency). Currently, she is pursuing a 100 Days Of Code challenge using different programming languages and has run several STEM camps, inspiring many people across the world.


Dr. Malabika Pramanik grew up in West Bengal, and studied statistics and mathematics at Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata and Bangalore). She came to the US in 1995 to pursue her graduate studies, and emigrated to Canada in 2006. She is currently a professor of mathematics at the University of British Columbia, and the scientific director of Banff International Research Station.


Narmeen Haider recently graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco, California. Prior to HBS, Narmeen worked at Global Health Strategies, a global health consulting firm that works on a range of issues from maternal health to HIV/AIDS to access to medicines. Narmeen has supported for profit, government and nonprofit clients, including the World Health Organization, Johnson & Johnson, Gates Foundation, among others. Narmeen holds an MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics and Bachelor of Health Science from McMaster University. 



Sponsored by Lotus STEMM!

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