Self-taught 15-y-o from Sierra Leone is a king-hell maker

This short documentary about a teenager from Sierra Leone who taught himself electronics and got a residence at MIT is inspiring and humbling -- what a kid!

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey - experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.

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12 Responses to “Self-taught 15-y-o from Sierra Leone is a king-hell maker”

  1. literaticat says:

    That was fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  2. BlackPanda says:

    Definitely. Very inspiring. Go, Africa! :)

  3. dolo54 says:

    Awesome! thanks.

  4. steve heath says:

    Please follow this kid and let us know if we can contribute to his education or other needs. He is a treasure for humanity and best of all he still has the look of a boy just starting to sense his potential as a man. What beauty! Thanks for letting us know about Kelvin….and to his Mom and Dad, Good Job!

  5. Nadreck says:

    This could end very badly.  Remember what happened when they found that young, self-taught robotics expert up in the hills of Latveria and offered him a scholarship at State U?

    • steve heath says:

      I’m not aware of this, could you give some info or links please. Its a sad world when the desire to help is met with stories of how it’s a bad idea to try give someone an opportunity

      • Mariana says:

        cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Doom

        • steve heath says:

          Aww  shit . Thats what I get for only reading the underground comics and ignoring Marvel. (BTW, The Checkered Demon could kick Dr.D’s ass any time, any day.) Well, that silly business aside I doubt the little that I could afford would do much toward funding another Dr. Doom. Still it would be nice to finance this kid getting some supplies, tools or books. 

  6. Cowicide says:

    I shouldn’t have started chopping onions near the end of the video, it made my eyes tear up.

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