“It’s an opportunity to create the future he wants to live in,” said his sponsor, David Sengeh, PhD Student at the MIT Media Lab. “For 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 ‘Here is a challenge. Here is a problem, but it’s an opportunity to solve it’ there won’t be a state of growth in national development.”
Every once in a while, you come across something that makes you stop and think… As I watched this video as few years ago, I knew without a doubt what we are doing here at Innovation Academy is more than just great summer tech camps and engaging STEM classes. It’s more than just the cool factor or the thrill of presenting at conferences.
It’s about developing innovation in students and inspiring them to be like THIS kid who used everything available in his environment to explore his curiosity and improve his community. It’s about giving students the tools they need to create and invent and become all God designed them to be, and from there, to change their world… to change OUR world. At Innovation Academy, we believe innovation and world change is important, and we are spreading the enthusiasm. Sierra Leone may be thousands of miles away, but we have students right here in our own neighborhoods who, if given access to the right tools and mentoring by someone who cares, will change the world too. Isn’t that worth investing in? Ask us how!
15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.
Persistent Experimentation: Kelvin Doe at TEDxTeen
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