We love highlighting STEM entrepreneurs here, but this particularly addresses bridging the digital divide. Aditya Kumarakrishnan, a physics and math major at Queens College, was awarded $10,000 from an incubator contest to assist him with launching his idea for Tesla Truck, a hands-on, mobile STEM lab and mobile maker space that will bring courses like robot-building, flight design, 3D printing and vocational training to schools and local communities.
He came up with the idea for his business last year while he was mentoring a group of students from the Bronx on robotics when he realized they didn’t have any resources. Kumarakrishnan had to buy his own tools to use for his instruction. He believes the Truck will be useful and cost efficient for schools that lack the resources to teach such classes. Kumarakrishnan plans to use the money to purchase his first truck.
This is a great idea, and we would love to see where Kumarakrishnan goes with his truck both in physical distance and in creativity in the near future!
Here’s a short commercial for Tesla Truck: