15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.

15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.
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KELVIN DOE: My name is Kelvin Doe, aka DJ
Focus. KELVIN DOE: Alright. Alright. It’s the youngest
DJ. DJ Man Focus. KELVIN DOE: I’m from Sierra Leone, [Music] KELVIN DOE: and I love inventing. [Music] DAVID SENGEH: Kelvin is extraordinarily talented.
He literally goes through trash cans – finds broken electronic parts in the garbage and
makes stuff on his own. LAURA SAMPATH: He’s taught himself how to
do incredibly intricate things with very, very little resources. [Music] KELVIN DOE: In Sierra Leone, we have not too
much electricity. The lights will come on once in a week, and the rest of the month,
dark. So I made my own battery to power lights in people’s houses. [Music] DAVID SENGEH: Kelvin represents “learn by
making.” He takes apart, looks at it, tries to reverse engineer it. KELVIN DOE: I made my own FM radio transmitter.
DAVID SENGEH: He made his own FM station because he wanted to give voice to the youth. He made
his own generator because he needed it. KELVIN DOE: The generator supplies current
to the radio station. This is the capacitor and this is the spark plug. DAVID SENGEH: This trip is his first
time leaving his family’s home. It’s his first time leaving Sierra Leone. And it’s tough.
But it’s an opportunity to create the future that he wants to live in. [Music] DAVID SENGEH: My name is David Sengeh. I’m
from Sierra Leone. I’m a PhD student at the M.I.T. Media Lab where we have unlimited creative
freedom. I wanted to ensure that young people like Kelvin also have this experience. [Music] LAURA SAMPATH: David has written visa letters,
found places for Kelvin to stay – he’s really got invested in him.
DAVID SENGEH: For quite many years, Sierra Leone, and many other African countries, received
aid. But it does not necessarily get us anywhere. We’re not looking into the future. We’re not
designing our own future. Unless we have a host of young people who can think, at any
given point, that here’s a challenge, here’s a problem, and it’s an opportunity to solve
it, there won’t be a steep growth in national development.
KELVIN DOE: If we have a radio station in my community, the people can be able to debate
about issues affecting our community and Sierra Leone as a whole. DAVID SENGEH: I first met Kelvin at Summer
Innovation Camp that I runned in Sierra Leone that challenges kids to think about the toughest
problems in their community and have them solve it. Kelvin’s team applied to build an
FM radio station for community empowerment, and people listened, religiously, to his radio
station. People text into his show and he reads the texts from people. It’s very inspirational. KELVIN DOE: I’m DJ Focus, live broadcasting
all the way New Yor– Um, Boston. KELVIN DOE: [On radio] Live broadcasting all
the way New Yor– Um, Boston. KELVIN DOE: People normally call me DJ Focus
in my community. Because I believe if you focus, you can do an invention perfectly.
I DJ every day. KELVIN DOE: Alright, for sure for the meantime
don’t forget DJ Man Focus passing through. KELVIN DOE: “Sounds Like Gun” by Bobby. [Music] KELVIN DOE: A born Sierra Leonean artist. KELVIN DOE: Your satisfaction is absolutely
guaranteed for your ultimate priority. [Music] DAVID SENGEH: So Kelvin has been in the United
States for the past two weeks. I line up a pretty busy schedule for him. First we went
to New York. The next day we went to Cambridge. Next week we have a talk with the president
of Harvard University. KELVIN DOE: It’s a big opportunity for me
to learn from people who have experience and to meet with them.
MARK FELDMEIER: How do you want the antenna? KELVIN DOE: Like this.
MARK FELDMEIER: Like that? KELVIN DOE: Yeah. MARK FELDMEIER: Kelvin had these RF transmitters
that he had made, and we spent yesterday, kind of, trying to figure out how we might
be able to make some improvements. [Drilling] MARK FELDMEIER: Alright. Hopefully that’s
big enough. CAMERA GUY: Have you ever used a drill like
that before? KELVIN DOE: No.
MARK FELDMEIER: Be careful with it. KELVIN DOE: Yeah. KELVIN DOE: We’ll use this as the power cable.
MARK FELDMEIER: Okay. KELVIN DOE: This was a microphone wire converted
to a power output. I got the cable from the dustbin.
MARK FELDMEIER: Let’s give it some audio. MARK FELDMEIER: Cool. MARK FELDMEIER: We kinda get trapped in our
own little worlds, and just as Kelvin’s getting his world expanded by coming here, so am I
getting my world expanded by interacting with him. MARK FELDMEIER: Good working with you dude.
KELVIN DOE: Yeah. DAVID SENGEH: He loves to work hard, but he’s
a kid. He’s 15. After while, he also just want to play ping pong. He also just want
to play football. DAVID SENGEH: Oh! Come on! DAVID SENGEH: I talk to him, I say, “Look,
Kelvin, think of me as your older brother.” Alright. I’m tired. “Tell me what’s going
on. Tell me what’s tough to you.” It’s his first time leaving Sierra Leone, so it’s,
it’s overwhelming. KELVIN DOE: It’s just that – I miss Sierra
Leone. DAVID SENGEH: In Sierra Leone, if you meet
somebody head to head, you have to say “hi.” You acknowledge them and smile. Here, when
he gets on the train, he says “hi” to people. Nobody recognizes it. KELVIN DOE: And also, I don’t love the food
in America. DAVID SENGEH: We’re here to eat some Sierra
Leonean, Kelvin loves so it’s gonna be awesome. DAVID SENGEH: What are you gonna get, Kelvin?
KELVIN DOE: Cassava leaves. DAVID SENGEH: Cassava leaves. Let’s see if
they have some. DAVID SENGEH: How are you, Auntie?
RESTAURANT OWNER: Normal day, Mr. David [Laughs.] RESTAURANT OWNER: I have beans, okra, cassava
leaves. KELVIN DOE: Give me beans.
RESTAURANT OWNER: Okay. [Laughs.] KELVIN DOE: Thank you. DAVID SENGEH: You want to try my plantain?
Take it. DAVID SENGEH: He misses home a lot.
KELVIN DOE: I miss my family so much, especially my mother.
KELVIN DOE: [On phone] Hello? KELVIN DOE: My mother, she was so excited
because people said good comments about me. DAVID SENGEH: Hello?
KELVIN DOE: I want to help my family to provide the facility for them. [Music] KELVIN DOE: Just to help my family. Yeah. [Music] KELVIN DOE: [On phone] Okay, bye. DAVID SENGEH: For Kelvin, his biggest challenge
is going to be the scarcity of the materials and the information once he goes back. Here
he can go in and pick up a resistor or whatever he wants. He now understands that there are
many people who don’t have to go through the garbage, so he has to go back. KELVIN DOE: Whatever things I’ve learned here,
I will share it with my friends, colleagues, and loved ones and do it as a team. DAVID SENGEH: He’s done an amazing work. But
that’s just the beginning. KELVIN DOE: My next invention will be a windmill
for people to use for electricity supply. DAVID SENGEH: I want there to be many more
Kelvins. I do not want it to be a one-off thing. It’s a movement. It’s, how do we create
thousands of young people who are inspired by making stuff and solving the problems that
are in their neighborhood? KELVIN DOE: That is my aim. To promote innovation
in Sierra Leone among young people. [Laughs.] DAVID SENGEH: Hi everyone. This is David.
Thanks so much for watching and we hope you enjoyed the video. The folks at THNKR and
I wanted to share Kelvin’s story in the hopes of starting the conversation about how we
can all foster innovation amongst young people around the world. We are asking you to do
2 things. First, submit comments and response videos below telling us how you think we can
promote innovation among young people in your community. Second, if you are inspired by
what you just saw, support the non-profit organization I have founded by visiting crowdrise.com/innovatesalone.
Your donations will go directly to more innovation competitions that support other young innovators
like Kelvin. And if you want to see more inspiring videos like this one, subscribe for free to
THNKR by clicking the “Subscribe” button. Thanks very much. KELVIN DOE: I’m DJ Focus and you’re watching
PRODIGIES.

100 thoughts on “15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.

  1. Good heart and a genius and nicest kid their is says hi to everyone he runs into coolest kid prodigy their is

  2. Reminds me of a young man, William Kamkamba. You can see, talent will always overcome money and poverty.

  3. Everyone is a genius at what they have the biggest interest in. On what they love doing. Modern education simply doesn't let people like us express it. And if they do, we are very limited on it. If all they glorify is taking tests, all upcomming generations will be very limited in creativity and innovations.

  4. Wow he inspired me to continue believing in the original youth of this country. He reminded of the gifts we posess mentally simply by being who we are and.believing in ourselves enough to activate it. I have.to let my kings see his story. p.S. Way kewl child king wow! Welcome2daTakeover.HooRA

  5. It's sad to me that people in the U.S. will simply throw away old electronics and such, like its trash. Think of what Kelvin here could do with an old VCR, or washing machine. I wish he had access to some of our "garbage", because I would love to see what he could do with it. What he could make out of it. As a future engineer myself, I have huge respect for you, Kelvin. Keep solving problems and improving things.

  6. Give kids free internet and a small netbook to about 100-200 kids in poor villages throughout the country.

  7. It goes a bit farther than that. Kids are not being taught the ways they need to be taught. Something a friend said to me (that i have heavily modified) once: "School is like a zoo; If you feed everyone the same thing, not everyone will survive." Kids who are bad at tests are focusing all their energy on testing. Kids that are good at thinking quickly will outshine the kids who think more slowly, but are more likely to get the right answer. Its sad.

  8. We need more hands on activities in school. Physically constructing things is what empowers youth to become future creators, scientists and engineers, not staring mindlessly at a board. Sure the materials are costly, but if schools spent a little more on things that actually make learning more effective, it will more than pay for itself in the long run.

  9. Africa needs more kids like Kelvin. Africa is filled with possibilities and kids like Kelvin inspire, motivate and implement change.

  10. as the saying goes "Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime"

  11. It is wonderful, it is impressive, and it is a step in the right direction. But it is by far not enough. DJ Focus will never develop a windmill – to do that he needed to finish high school, pass a long, successful study e.g. at MIT – and find at least fifty highly talented and educated colleagues. So there is need for hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of Kelvins. Otherwise, the young and promising man will remain to be a symbol.

  12. that's a good kid….peop[le in the usa…mostly the young don't understand how good it is here. Keep up the good work Kelvin…..

  13. Now THAT's the kind example we should be showing our kids in America. He has learned to be self sufficient and depends upon noone for assistance. Truly an inspiration. If I want to send a donation and letter of encouragement directly to him, how would I do that? God Bless you for investing in him. You will change that villages whole world…and maybe ours!

  14. hi, i am 12 yrs old and I think this is amazing. I always like building stuff and solving problems. I have recently made a game called silence, all with Java and Unity.

  15. Innovation in our communities would have a boom if creativity was seen less as a means of expression and relaxation, and more as a means to change and progress.

  16. its 928 people that don't like this video your just hateing because we have money they don't have nothing really that is a same some if us americans are ungreatful kelvin is a amazing !!!!!!!!!!!young man keep doing wat your doing kelvin a.k.a dj focus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. its 928 people that don't like this video your just hateing because we have money they don't have nothing really that is a same some if us americans are ungreatful kelvin is a amazing !!!!!!!!!!!young man keep doing wat your doing kelvin a.k.a dj focus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ill tell the truth he is smarter then me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. If you were a genius I am pretty sure you would know that capital letters go at the start of a sentence and every time the letter "I" is used to talk about yourself. If you believe that the modern education system does not work for you then use that as your motivation to find the genius that apparently lies within you and change the way that children are being taught so that our world may vastly improve.

  19. We, all people around the world, must help these children, prodigies… They ARE the real FUTURE of mankind.

  20. A genius that is terrible at grammar. I know this is YouTube, and we all are not perfect when it come to grammar online. However, you didn't even try. Don't lie to yourself and others any say your a genius without making a actually effort to be one. Why are is everyone so content?

  21. Tbh, I cried in the part when he said he wants to help his family.. 🙁 I dont care if he cant speak english fluently.. I care about other people!! Humanity!!

  22. modern education?? you have no idea what blessing it is. You have to come from the 3rd world educational swamps to appreciate what you have

  23. Very, very well said!
    I completely agree.
    In my country, the arts are neglected terribly, seen as "recreation" and "idle time" at large.
    In my country (perhaps the entire world too?), a person who shows a talent for sports will receive more support and recognition from their community than a young engineer, a gifted painter, a prodigal philosopher, or a musical genius would.
    It's my hope that we'll see thousands and thousands of little Kelvin's popping up around the globe in the next generation.

  24. Come on dude, you're speaking about grammar? Can't you all just see his spirit and his talents?? He's simply amazing!

  25. Great Job…. Very nice Kid… Keep it up young man, you guys are the future leaders of our great sierra Leone… Keep up the good work

    Proud of you
    Stay FOCUS

  26. there are a lot of genius out there that needs to be discovered, I sure hope Kevin will go far to reach his dreams

  27. Beautiful! As a teacher, this will be shown to my students to inspire them in their learning and thinking of world events. From UK

  28. likely story. Building an fm transmitter is one thing but developing nuclear weapons for the Sierre Leone government or anything truly significant is another. Keep dreaming..

  29. That is something I was waiting for so long… I can't say what I feel About it so i wont. Kelvin is doing what I dreamed someone could do. I'm about to do as soon as I can something that i hope will inspire many more to do as Kelvin does and many more to do as you are doing guys.
    Your message has been heard and will be repeated until… Until I don't know, but I'm already dreaming about one of the answer.
    My answer is comin (G.O.T) 😉 From France

  30. The first thing to do is schools need to offer classes students want to take. Who cares about the past… what we need to care about is our future and how to make to world a better place!!!!

  31. "look what that poor kid in africa could do! You kids should be smart like him, you filthy spoiled brats."

  32. "look what that poor kid in africa could do! You kids should be smart like him, you filthy spoiled brats." Most kids are not allowed to experiment. They are punished for doing things like this. People are impressed by "child prodigies" who had a chance to excel at their interest. This is what happens when you don't oppress their interest and allow them to find their own niche. How many of your students are allowed to experiment and learn on their own?

  33. These would be a lot more common if people weren't determined to hold children down. People are impressed because they don't understand how to produce a good human being.

  34. remind the young prodigy to stay diligent in their work, and open their talent to the full potential. Help the youth to stay innovative

  35. With a special talent like this I hope he takes it to his full advantage. If he does, he will go heights that is not reached yet and be a role model/inspiration for young innovators in the future. All the best!

  36. We need teachers that care about the students and challenge them to go past the standards and shoot for the stars! In any subject and career the student is interested in.

  37. here solar energy electricity where I live Monterrey Mexico, it's very crowded with people but also, lots of pollution, we need more trees and more renewable energy instead of more pollution. Love your video thanks 🙂

  38. Be creative and inspiring just because you want to live like the rest , make your world better , help people to feel better . No money out of it , just "survival" . So happy to see that there are still ppl who actually are humans with the whole terminology of the world .

  39. Real life Tony Stark. I'm really happy that we have such people in this world and I hope you will reach your goals. This video really made me cry in the end. Let's try to improve our world all together!

  40. I believe all children have prodigy-like skill hidden within in them but rarely does it get noticed or facilitated early in life. School comes first in our society but schools don't give a shit about your individuality, it doesn't give a shit about your weaknesses, it drills you until you can show the teacher at least a 5/10. We call this education, if we stopped putting kids in factory like environments of knowledge and observed them from their youth we would change the world for good.

  41. He's amazing, to help doing this in his community and many others like his; it is really important to give them material so they can work. Especially in poor places, it will be really important to show them how to build renewable energy.

  42. this kid would be very beneficial to his community. Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!! he created something with very little resources. 

  43. would love to meet him! you guys should have "great people outpost" where people all over the world can come and show off their "talents" that would be awesome. and plus you could have more than one!

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