THNKR is a new YouTube channel from Radical Media giving viewers extraordinary access to the people, stories, and ideas that are transforming our world. The latest installment of the THNKR’s Prodigies YouTube series highlights a 15-year-old boy from Sierra Leone, Kelvin Doe.
Kelvin is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class. After combining scrap metal, baking soda and acid, he was able to create a battery that powered 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. The teen scours trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters.
MIT doctoral student and fellow Sierra Leone-native David Senegh recognized Kelvin’s talents when the two met through Senegh’s non-profit Innovate Salone, which supports high school students looking to solve the country’s toughest challenges. You can support Kelvin and Innovate Salone by donating to its Crowdrise campaign.