Kelvin Doe, Teen Self-Taught Engineer From Sierra Leone

November 19, 2012 by Steve Davee

Kelvin Doe was one of the talented and inspiring “Meet the Young Makers” panelists for  September’s World Maker Faire (although the audio quality is poor, you can see the panel here). Kelvin was visiting the United States for the first time from Sierra Leone, where he was a finalist in the Innovate Salone 2012 high school invention challenge for his ingenuity in creating homemade generators, batteries and and FM radio transmitters for community empowerment.

Kelvin’s NYC, MIT and Harvard visits were documented in this video just released from

From the video’s description on YouTube:

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.

Inspired? Check out fundraising for Sierra Leone’s  Innovate Salone here, and more amazing youth inventiveness and ingenuity in this post featuring four teenage girls at Maker Faire Africa who created a urine-powered generator.







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