Self-Taught Prodigy from Sierra Leone Amazes MIT Engineers (VIDEO)

by College Fix Staff on November 21, 2012

After you read this, you’ll be asking yourself, “What have I done lately?”

The latest installment of the THNKR’s Prodigies YouTube series highlights Sierra Leone teen Kelvin Doe, who is visiting the U.S. as a guest of MIT.

The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class. Combining scrap metal, baking soda and acid, he created a battery to power his family’s home. He also broadcasts news and music as DJ Focus on the radio, using an RF transmitter he created.

Kelvin is the youngest invitee ever to MIT’s Visiting Practitioner’s Program for international development– and watching THNKR’s look into his trip you’ll understand why. The teen scours trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters.

What would Obama say to young Kelvin with his trash dump batteries and radio transmitters? “You didn’t build that?” perhaps.

Here’s to opportunity and innovation, to the unbridled human spirit, and to achievement that big government liberals can’t take credit for.

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Watch a video report about the young, aptly named, Kelvin.

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