Euan Lind was working as a teacher, but decided to harness his fascination with geometry and retrain as a 3D designer, earning a postgraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Design from Napier University.
Initial projects included designing lighting for Habitat and helping to design and renovate Edinburgh’s Timberyard restaurant before launching the first iteration of the StemZ construction toy at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in 2016.
StemZ is now sold at outlets such as John Lewis, Fenwick, and Museums of Scotland, and can be found in classrooms across the country.
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It is designed to promote fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and dexterity, as well as creative problem-solving skills and to help children explore and understand 3D geometry.
Aimed at the 5-12 age group, the toy’s flexible pieces can be bent and twisted to do everything from bouncy balls and jumping creatures and crowns, motion wheels and even costumes.
Following feedback on the popularity of the 3D toy, especially from parents of visually impaired or hearing impaired or autistic children, StemZ is celebrating its fifth anniversary by donating toys to the RNIB and the Donaldson Trust, which focuses on neurodiversity.
Mr Lind, who currently teaches part-time at Edinburgh College of Art and teaches product design students innovative ways to use new digital manufacturing such as 3D printing, said he knew from a young age age he wanted to be an inventor. .
“After developing a lot of prototypes in the beginning, it was great to finally be able to invent a toy that would really encourage creative and imaginative play for kids and give them an understanding of 3D geometry.
“This is an important milestone for us as we celebrate our fifth anniversary and I am delighted that we can mark it with the donation of StemZ toys to two fantastic charities.”
He will share the story of his entrepreneurial journey at the Love Your Business networking club, founded in 2018 by Michelle Brown of the eponymous public relations agency.
Over the years, the club has hosted a host of inspiring speakers, including Chris van der Kuyl, co-founder of 4JStudios, the developer behind Minecraft Console Editions; rugby legend Scott Hastings; and Alice Thompson, co-founder of Social Bite.