Next weekend, TEDx communities across the globe will be celebrating TEDxYouthDay, a worldwide weekend of TEDx events dedicated to the ingenuity of kids worldwide. Every year we’re taken aback by the amazing things that come out of these events, and to celebrate, we’re featuring some of our favorite TEDx Talks from young people. Below, three great TEDx Talks from kids you have to watch.
The 13-year-old who built a radio station from scraps
Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz kid. At just 13, he taught himself how to maneuver the ins-and-outs of complex electronics, and soon created his own radio station in his hometown of Freetown, Sierra Leone, populating his control lab with homemade contraptions made from recycled materials — building batteries out of acid, soda, metal and tin, and creating a generator out of an old DVD player. Watch his talk at TEDxTeen.
The 9-year-old making playgrounds more friendly
Australian elementary school student Charlie Cooper wasn’t sure how to deal with bullying and feeling alienated at school until he and his family took a vacation and read about a “buddy bench” — a special bench for those feeling lonely and left out to sit, signalling to all others a chance to make a new friend. Charlie took it upon himself to bring the bench to his school, and since then, the playground has been a much friendlier place. Watch his TEDxJCUCairns talk here.
The 7th grader with wise advice for us all
If you’ve ever had trouble getting a project started, you might relate to 7th grader Asha Christensen’s graceful spoken word piece on writer’s block. Watch her TEDxKids@SMU talk here.