Inspiring: Self-taught teenage genius from Sierra Leone

Summary:This teenage innovator turns scrap materials into batteries, generators, and transmitters.

I'm usually happy with myself when I can fix something with the help of a Youtube video. At least until I hear about people like Kelvin Doe.

Doe is a 15-year-old boy from Sierra Leone who has taught himself to build batteries, generators, and transmitters from scrap materials. His next goal: to build wind mills to generate electricity for his community.

This inspiring young innovator caught the eye of MIT and was given the opportunity to participate in the school's Visiting Practitioners Program, the youngest ever participant in the program.

THNKR tells Doe's story in a fantastic video. Check it out:

[h/t Grist]

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Topics: Innovation


Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter.

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