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Live Panel Discussion


September 18th 2021- Online on Zoom


On Saturday September 18th  8:00am(EDT), 5:30pm (IST), and 2:00pm (CEST), former Venture Capitalist and E-commerce expert at Amazon Rahul Raghavan, now founder of PEPSchoolv2 in Bangalore, along with Dario Cardile, President of Indigo Ai will discuss how to develop STEM thinking for children to prepare them for an increasingly digital and virtual future.


The 2-hour live discussion will be interactive and moderated by Letty Rising, trainer at the Prepared Montessorian Institute who holds a 6-12 AMI Elementary Diploma, and the head content and curriculum curator for Science Matters. 


Join the event and engage in the interactive conversation. There will be an open Q&A session so you can directly chat with the Panelists on video or through chat.



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.



STEM has historically been delivered in a rote and mechanical method, which often loses interest in children and adults. Panelists Rahul, Dario 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, corporate leaders 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 working memory 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.



Graduated from the University of Pisa in 1996 in Maths & Computer Sciences 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. After various experiences in Ireland, France, UK and Australia, Dario briefly returned to Italy to join Expedia as Global Director of Destination Marketing, CRM and Analytics and in the position of Chief Marketing Innovation Officer at Bravofly Rumbo Group (now LastMinute Group). Today he is a Partner and President of Indigo AI - a leading company in Conversational AI part of the group. In recent years he has returned abroad as General Manager Growth at Hubzu (part of Altisource sarl) - a leading real estate company in the USA - based in Luxembourg. Finally returning to Italy in early 2020, he covered positions as COO of Sweetguest, a leading company in property management in Italy and as CMO of Treedom, in the environmental sector - before founding HomesToPeople in the digital real estate sector and Operae in the art collectors business. 

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!

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.

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.


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