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The latest installment of the THNKRâ€™s ProdigiesÂ YouTubeÂ 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 familyâ€™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 MITâ€™s Visiting Practitionerâ€™s Program for international developmentâ€“ and watching THNKRâ€™s look into his trip youâ€™ll understand why. 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 Kelvinâ€™s talents when the two met through Seneghâ€™s non-profit Innovate Salone, which supports high school students looking to solve the countryâ€™s toughest challenges. You can support Kelvin and Innovate Salone by donating to itsÂ Crowdrisecampaign.