Science is a beautiful gift to humanity. It is much more than what is taught at school. Today, most of us believe that the everyday gadgets and electronic equipment that we use to improve our lives can only be developed and manufactured by specialized and branded electronic giants. But this is completely ungrounded! We at Eli STEM, have as a goal to prove that with determination and passion and of course the resources, we can develop our own tools. We are determined to showcase to young Mauritians the importance of science and how to use their scientific knowledge to improve their lives.
Nowadays, socioeconomic stability and happiness are inherently linked to the progress of science and technology worldwide. Thus, the era that we are living in today has been deemed as the best one to live in so far, regardless of one’s relative wealth. That said, people are not happy, they feel that life has become a blur. Daily routine has taken over our passion. We believe that the way to break this repetitive reality of modern society is to bring back the innovative use of science.
Eli STEM has 3 main objectives:
Together, these goals aim to increase the quality of life in Mauritius, to give people something to be excited about, and then make sure that the future generation get involve by bringing innovations and maintaining this trend that will hopefully one day eradicate the current problems in Mauritius which are poverty, drugs and corruption. A young, innovative and self-sustaining population will not allow crooks, greedy and selfish people to lead the country and will definitely possess better problem solving skills with a scientific reasoning.
The first step is a show of science, a way to inspire young and old alike. In a country where innovative minds have to set aside their dreams to rather conform to the monotony of society, we want to be the ones paving the path for others to realize that they have what it takes to bring about change.
For example, a statement from one of our members: “In 2014, I built a plane with an autopilot powerful enough to follow me around, takeoff and land itself. But the Mauritian system combined with the lack of support from others forced me to abandon my dreams and try to fit into an education system I am not compatible with.”
Countless of others have fallen and will continue to fall prey to this regrettable reality. If this continues, Mauritius will never be able to see its brilliant innovators helping in boosting our economy and giving the Mauritian populace opportunities for a better lifestyle. Young innovators are the ones with the ability to come up with GravityLight-style solutions to problems.
Building on our past accomplishments, Eli Stem now wants to conquer the edge of space in a highly mediatized event where we will send a craft containing scientific equipment to the stratosphere then glide it back to Mauritius. All data gathered will be published. The process of designing the craft which will have to withstand repetitive use as well as high thrust from solid propellant rockets engines will be documented and presented at schools and in small communities in an effort to encourage members of the public to be more interested in scientific matters.
We hope to inspire others to follow and do more amazing projects that will one day establish Mauritius as the brain of Africa, thus improving the quality of life in Mauritius and hopefully the rest of the world.
Nikhilesh Kissoon, Ishfaaq Jhaumeer, Olaf Ranaivoson