Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.
Mert Bal posted on December 03, 2012 | 7442 views

While I was lazily browsing YouTube this weekend, I came across a truly inspiring video.
It’s about Kelvin Doe, a 15-year-old from Sierra Leone who visits the U.S. as a guest of M.I.T. under their Visiting Practitioner’s Program for international development.

With no engineering or electronics education, this fascinating young man taught himself how to build batteries, power generators, transmitters and many other devices from things he found in the neighborhood’s garbage cans. He used scrap metal, baking soda and acid to create a battery to power his family’s home. He also broadcasts news and music on his own radio station, using an RF transmitter he created.

Researchers at the M.I.T. recognized Kelvin’s gift and invited him to be a guest resident for three weeks. He is the youngest person ever to be invited to M.I.T. 

This short documentary in the THNKR’s Prodigies YouTube series tells a lot about Kelvin and his life-changing journey. 

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