Born with Asperger’s syndrome, Jacob Barnett was written off by experts who insisted he would grow up locked in a world of his own.
They said the youngster would never be able to read, write or even tie his own shoelaces.
But his mum Kristine refused to accept their word and set about transforming his life.
Since then, she has watched him flourish into a child genius with an IQ of 189 – higher than Albert Einstein’s – and an astonishing grasp of maths and physics. He is even tipped for a Nobel prize.
As Jacob scrawls complex mathematical problems thick and fast on a window pane, proud nursery teacher Kristine says: “Those equations are scary but to Jacob they are natural.
“Each one of them is a picture and he’s been able to see them like that since he was a little baby. But for a long time we had no idea that was what was going on inside his head.”
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Published on Feb 21, 2013
Fourteen-year-old Kathryn DiMaria can’t get her driver’s license for another two years, but that hasn’t stopped her from building the car of her dreams. At age 12, Kathryn convinced her parents to let her buy and begin restoring a 1986 Pontiac Fiero with $450 in babysitting money. Over the past two years, she has painstakingly restored every part of her Fiero by hand, quickly learning advanced mechanical skills such as welding, grinding, upholstering, sandblasting — even how to rebuild an engine.
With dad Jerry as her loyal project partner, and plenty of automotive know-how from Uncle Bob, Kathryn has embarked on an epic journey that is shattering gender stereotypes, inspiring thousands, and opening doors she never imagined. Watch and learn how Kathryn’s project earned her an invitation from General Motors to attend the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and hang out with two female engineers from the original Fiero team.
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Published on Nov 16, 2012
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15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.
Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey – experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.
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PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them.
Created and produced by @radical.media, THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, places and thinking that will change your mind.