GET IGNITED: Kelvin Doe, 18 year old self taught Engineer



Kelvin Doe (born 26 October 1996 in Freetown), also known as DJ Focus, is a Sierra Leonean engineer. He is known for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13 and building his own radio station in Sierra Leone, where he plays music and broadcasts news under the name “DJ Focus”. He was one of the finalists in GMin’s Innovate Salone idea competition, in which Doe built a generator from scrap metals. Doe would constantly use discarded pieces of scrap to build transmitters, generators, and batteries, as well.

As a result of his accomplishment, he received an invitation to the US and subsequently became the youngest person to participate in the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. His accomplishments were documented by and presented on their corporate YouTube channel. When the video went viral, the story was picked up by CNN, NBC News, and The Huffington Post.

Doe subsequently was a speaker at TEDxTeen and lectured to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College. In May 2013, Doe signed a $100,000 solar project pact with Canadian High Speed Service Provider Sierra WiFi.

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Teen Develops Early-Stage HIV Test For High School Science Project


This isn’t your ordinary high school science project.

For a regional science competition in Canada, 15-year-old Nicole Ticea devised an early-stage HIV test that analyzes a pinprick of blood to indicate whether someone has recently been infected with the potentially deadly virus. The test earned her first place in the 2014 B.C. Regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge.


A 10th grader at York House School in Vancouver, Nicole worked with two researchers from Simon Fraser University to develop the early-stage HIV infection test after she conceived the idea last summer, according to media reports. Finding time between schoolwork, the teen created the rapid blood analysis by developing an isothermic nucleic acid amplification system, according to Global News. It’s common in point-of-care testing and allows researchers to detect certain targets in DNA — in this case, HIV infection.

The almost-instantaneous test has been likened to an over-the-counter pregnancy test for its speed and ease of use.

High school student Nicole Ticea developed an early-stage HIV test with the help of her Simon Fraser University mentors, Prof. Mark Brockman (right) and his student Gursev Anmole (center). (Photo courtesy of SFU)

While rapid testing for HIV — which causes AIDS — already exists, Nicole and her team say the test could be particularly useful in areas that lack good medical care.

“Nicole’s work really made me realize what a big difference a fast easy-to-administer test for early-stage HIV infection could make in prolonging, if not saving, thousands of lives in developing countries,” graduate student Gursev Anmole, who assisted Nicole in her research, said in a written statement.

Next, the teen’s test will be considered in the national final of Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada on May 22. Two national winners will then continue to the international leg of the competition in June.

(h/t IFL Science!)

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14 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator, illustrator, and writer.



I am Maya Shea Penn. I’m a 14 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer. I am the CEO of Maya’s Ideas, a company I started in 2008 when I was just 8 years old. I’m also really into technology! When I was about four years old my dad showed me how to take apart a computer and put it back together again, and that really started my love for technology. I’ve built my first website myself, and I’m learning JavaScript and HTML 5 so I’m really hands on in all aspects of my business. I create handmade artisan crafted one-of-a-kind eco-friendly accessories and clothing. I have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Ebony, Redbook, FOX 5 Atlanta, Black Enterprise,,The NRDC, The Michael Baisden Show, and many other publications. My designs are sold all over the world and I have customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. I love to use my creativity to give back to the community, and the environment and it’s creatures. 10-20% of my profits go to causes that I am passionate about like: Hosea Feed The Hungry, Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation ( I’m a member of their kids division and I write articles and add content/videos to their website.). I also write a column called Ask The Expert as a contributing writer for  I was honored as an entrepreneur at the 2012 SCLC Women’s 33rd Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards in the Youth Category. I was honored along with actor and Humanitarian Sean Penn, Actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife Latanya Richardson, CNN News Anchor Don Lemon,Rev. Al Sharpton, Justice Robert Benham and Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson. I was panelist/speaker at the economic empowerment summit at Agnes Scott College that was being presented by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for teen age girls. I also have a non-profit organization called Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet.


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Keeping a positive mental attitude in everything we do in life is very important. The power of our thought is so strong that it can determine our future. A positive thought have a filling effect, while a negative thought have a sapping effect which is the major reason everyone avoids negative people. A positive mental attitude makes the sailing on a stormy day smooth. Be it at school, coping with a difficult person, preparing for a difficult subject, taking a stand, dealing with family issues, etc. With the thousands of thought that flood our minds everyday, developing a positive mental attitude is necessary for the beautiful life we want to live.

Enjoy these powerful quotes on a positive mental attitude



1. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

-Walt Whitman

2. “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

– Frances Hodgson Burnett

3. “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.”

 – Unknown

4. Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

– Willie Nelson

5. Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

– Anthony J. D’Angelo

6. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
-Abraham Lincoln


7. “Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
-Donald Trump

8. “If you can quit, quit. If you can’t quit, stop complaining – this is what you chose.”

-J.A. Konrath


9. “Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.”

-Rodolfo Costa

10. “You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”
-Stephen Richards

11. “Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet.”

 – Maya Angelou


12. “If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way”

– Henry Ford

13.  “When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”

-Shannon L. Alder 

14. “Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we can be”

– Anthony Robbins


15. The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

– Winston Churchill

16. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

 – Anais Nin

17. The World is what we think it is. If we can change our thoughts, we can change the world.

– H.M. Tomlinson


18. “We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.”

 – Swami Vivekananda

19. Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.

– Author Unknown

20. There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

– W. Clement Stone








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