Our Story

Our Story

How it all started…

Project ‘DiscoverSTEM’ began in 2016 with an interesting series of events and observations. Our founder Mirza Faizan, a globally recognized aerospace scientist and a serial inventor, was invited to evaluate students’ innovations at a global innovation competition conducted at NASA Kennedy Space Centre and International Science & Engineering Fair. During those two years, he interacted and evaluated students’ ideas from around 85 countries and made two interesting observations.

First Observation

“Children are ‘natural out-of-the-box thinkers’ and they get some very bright and promising ideas.”

Second Observation

“Since children lack a structured thought process that innovation requires, they don’t know how to convert an idea into a robust innovation. They just drop their concept & idea, and it goes to waste.

Mr. Faizan decided to capitalize on this untapped, bright, and promising resource of ideas and mentor young kids to convert their ideas into innovation. To do this, he, along with his brother Dr. Mirza Rizwan, who has a doctorate in ‘Innovation and Corporate Sustainability,’ decided to develop a course module to mentor young kids to identify a real-world problem and innovate novel & patentable STEM solutions to these problems.

A unique DiscoverSTEM course module was developed within a year, which includes two innovative and proprietary tools – ‘STAR’ (Structured Thinking, Analyzing and Reasoning) and ‘Problem-to-Innovation Process (PIP).’ It is a step-by-step process that starts with identifying problem statements and ends with a novel and often patentable STEM solution to those problems.

In 2019, Faizan left his job as the Director and Head of the Aerospace, Defence & Space Engineering at a multi-billion dollar MNC and devoted his life towards the mission to mentor young innovators and entrepreneurs of the future.

Ever since then, DiscoverSTEM students have been on an innovation streak! Creating innovative solutions to many of the real-world’s problems, taking those solutions to win various innovation competitions at NASA and other global innovation competitions. So far, we have filed patents for over 320+ kids aged between 10-18, won 57+ titles at global innovation competitions, and even launching some of these bright ideas as a product!

Today, our team comprises individuals dedicated to making a positive impact and help DiscoverSTEM kids learn and grow. They recognize the importance of nurturing their skills at an early stage by teaching them how to collaborate, think critically, and be inquisitive. DiscoverSTEM’s team and its panel of experts includes leading scientists, innovators, motivational speakers, educators, behavioral experts, technologists, corporate leaders, management consultants and mentors.

Vision

To be identified as the ‘cradle of innovations’ where practical, purposeful, and powerful ideas emerge to get transformed into implementable solutions, impacting billions and solving the world’s biggest problems.

Mission

DiscoverSTEM seeks to accelerate a purposeful impact in the world by mentoring critical-thinkers and problem-solvers of tomorrow. We are here to power the next generation with innovative and transformative thinking that paves the way for an innovation-based economy.
Our mission is to nurture intellectual capital and build a revolutionary & impact-driven resource of intellectual assets for a better world.
  • To nurture students and foster critical thinking at an early age amongst them, thereby helping create the next generation of intellectuals across the world.

  • To create and grow interest in STEM and use problem solving skills to find innovative solutions for real world issues.

  • To create the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and entrepreneurs

Hisham Ahmad - CMO

I am a 14-year-old freshman attending Brighter Horizons Academy in Garland, Texas. I have extensive experience with marketing, as I have been a part of various companies and mentorships. I graduated from the DiscoverStem program, allowing new doors to open up for me, and change the way I see things. The DiscoverStem program has also given me more experience with concepts such as patents, invention, and innovation, as well as inspiration to use these skills to help the world around us.

DiscoverSTEM founders Mirza Rizwan and Mirza Faizan have made history by becoming the first Indian to win the coveted George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation – USA.

Started in 1949 by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Freedoms Foundation honors exceptional contributions of Americans towards communities in the USA. Generally reserved for the US citizens, the awarding organization made an exception to recognize the stellar research work and its impact of India’s Mr. Rizwan in designing and implementing a unique STEM & Innovation program for American children, thereby revolutionizing the education system in the USA.

Few of the other notable non-US citizens who have received George Washington Honor Medal include Ms. Margaret Thatcher (Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom), Lech Walesa (Former President of Poland and Noble Prize winner) and world-renowned Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As the latest recipients of this prestigious honor, Mirza brothers join historically acclaimed group of citizens whose work and dedication advance the American ideals, the award letter says.

Some of the distinguished US citizens who have received this award for their stellar contributions in their field are Walt Disney, Astronauts Sally Ride and John Glenn, Capt. Sully Sullenberger, Athletes like Arthur Ashe, George Foreman and Tiger Woods and famous US educator Jaime Escalante.