Inspiring the next generation of problem solvers
Students from NXplorers, Shell’s global education programme, demonstrated ideas to tackle challenges related to food, water and energy in India.
Make the Future Live India, part of a global initiative for collaboration and innovation around the world’s energy challenges, was held at Shell Technology Centre Bangalore in India, at the end of 2019.
The event offered students from NXplorers, Shell’s flagship science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programme, a chance to display their projects.
“Their passion to innovate and ideate for solutions of the future was inspiring,” says Harry Brekelmans, Shell's Projects and Technology director, who originally conceived the NXplorers programme.
Students from Swathanthra Higher Secondary School in Tamil Nadu, showcase their project.
Thirteen teams of students demonstrated practical ideas to address challenges related to the food-water-energy nexus in India. Students discussed ways to improve the education system and how young people can play a greater role in tackling problems.
Harry Brekelmans, Shell's Projects and Technology director, listens to a student.
“In today's world, where it is common to see indifference to global challenges by many, NXplorers has given students the means to think about the food-water-energy nexus in a way that is not just groundbreaking, but also immensely insightful,” says Dr. Anjlee Prakash, the Chairperson of Learning Links Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that helps deliver the NXplorers programme in India.
“What struck me most was the collaborative way of exhibiting leadership to solve today’s challenges.”
The NXplorers programme is now active in 17 countries, including Brazil, Brunei and Oman. It aims to equip young people with the skills needed to become future innovators and leaders.
The programme teaches students to use systems thinking to solve problems, an approach that examines how components of a system relate.
Launched in India in May 2018, the programme reached almost 20,000 students across 240 schools by the end of its first year.
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NXplorers is a Shell education initiative. To find out more, visit the programme's website
Bright young people keen to build a sustainable future want to understand its challenges – and how to tackle them. An innovative programme, which Shell and its partners have launched, is designed to help them.