STEMSEL is a not for profit organisation based in Adelaide, South Australia, that aims to teach every child how to use electronics. STEMSEL Director for India Richards David has helped bring the organisation’s computer programming kit to schools and orphanages in India in an attempt to help educate India’s youth.
“I began by employing 10 engineers and managers in India while studying at the University of South Australia,” he said. “We provide free training for underprivileged students to use our patented software to learn how to invent new things and develop their own start-up businesses.”
STEMSEL is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Social Enterprise Learning. Its programs are also available in other countries including Australia, Malaysia and the United States.
“The focus of STEMSEL is about giving the next generation the tools they will need to succeed in a society where technology is absolutely everywhere,” David said. “From your mobile phone, to your TV, to your car. “Although we do tend to focus a lot on helping to strengthen the future economies and educate students, we are also concentrated on giving underprivileged children the opportunity to change their lives.”
STEMSEL has formed relationships with educational institutions across India and also maintains strong connections with orphanages and children’s homes. “We are working with almost 100 girls from the Mercy Home Orphanage in Kerala where we provide free training for them with our patented kits,” David said. “They are trying to use their projects to help fundraise for one of the girls who requires medical treatment after she was diagnosed with cancer.”
The STEMSEL Foundation was started in Adelaide 21 years ago by Peng Choo, who believed his vision for the company would transcend into economic benefits that would one day change the world. “The whole process is to empower people who may one day use the technologies they develop to battle climate change, greenhouse gases, and even advancements in automotive engineering,” Choo said. The company will hold an Inventors Competition at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show and will include entries from students in South Australia’s Indian sister state, Rajasthan.
“We want to create a community of young programmers that extends from South Australia to other countries,” Choo said. “This event will also help showcase the advantages of computer and microchip programming.”
The STEMSEL Foundation will hold an Inventors Competition at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show, including entries from students in India. The foundation’s involvement in Rajasthan could also play a part in helping to facilitate more technological training for the West India state’s educational institutions.
David said he believed building a relationship with Rajasthan would prove to be valuable for South Australia. “I think that it will encourage more international students to come (to Adelaide) and study,” he said. “The programs are an opportunity that will benefit both India and South Australia.”
For details, visit http://foundation.stemsel.com