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William Kankwamba has to leave school in Malawi because his parents couldn't afford the school fees (about $80 a year.) He continued to use the small library, and found a book about energy. Intrigued by the photos of windmills, he proceeded to build his own windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts from tractors. Many of the people in his village thought he was dealing in some sort of magic, but no one made fun of him when the windmill powered a single light bulb in his home. William has given a TED Talk on his engineering feat, and his hopes to create a company to bring electricity via wind energy to other villages in Malawi. Of course, my favorite highlight when book talking this book is that William was a school dropout, but he succeeded because he used the LIBRARY! Highly recommended for grades 7 and up. There is a picture book version of this book, too.
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@peppermintt, even in our fairly affluent school, there's a technology divide. And what kid wants to admit to no computer at home? I've noticed some of my biggest readers are kids who don't have access at home, so they make up for the lack of computer at school, then read a lot at home. Works for me!
Thanks for sharing this @LibraryLady !
@LibraryLady @peppermintt I will put his TED talk on my watch list. His life sounds like an incredible journey.
Absolutely inspiring! I can't even imagine how he engineered a windmill, let alone one to generate electricity enough to power lights off of simple pictures. As @peppermintt said, where there's a library, there's surly a way.
wow O_O so he built a functioning windmill at just a little younger than I am now?! that's incredible, I wish we learned about things like this in school.