15-Year-Old Inventor Wows MIT: Self-Taught Kelvin Doe Turned Trash Into Batteries, Radios And More [VIDEO]

By Amir Khan on November 29, 2012 3:50 PM EST

A 15-year-old inventor wowed MIT when he showcased how he turned trash into batteries, radios and more. The 15-year-old inventor, named Kelvin Doe, is from Sierra Leone, Africa, and with little-to-no training, turned trash into useful products.

Kelvin's inventions are particularly useful in his hometown of Sierra Leone, where the lights only turn on once a week. The 15-year-old inventor's inventions would provide power for his family during the times in which the electricity is off.

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Kelvin went to MIT as part of their Visiting Practitioners Program, which allows inventors to use MIT research facilities to perform their own research at the MIT labs. Kelvin became the youngest person to participate in the program.

Kelvin Doe came to MIT after winning the Innovate Salone challenge, which asks people in Sierra Leone to come up with solutions to problems in their community. In addition to Kelvin, people came up with solutions to a variety of problems.

"There was a team of high school kids that made a farm so they could feel students at their school," David Sengeh, who helps run the Innovate Salonesaid. "There was a group of girls who, through art and drama, tried to change the message about [Female Genital Mutilation]. We had applications from 300 students and we ended up choosing eight finalists."

Kelvin said he learned a lot from his time at MIT, and Sengeh said he learned from Kelvin as well.

"I learned a lot from him. He's passionate about this and he believes he can actually change his community. It's inspiring to hear that from someone his age."

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