17-year-old Boy Builds Solar Scooter From Scrap Wood.

What could be more motivating than necessity? Probably nothing. When we find ourselves in a situation where we have to do something and turn it around at all costs, this is where our ingenuity is most needed to find a solution and do great things.

Ask Samuel Aboagye. This young Ghanaian, aspiring engineer, despite the economic difficulties he has encountered every day since his birth, has succeeded in doing something big, even very big for his possibilities. At only 17 years old, he built an electric and ecological scooter himself from simple pieces of wood.


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Having limited resources does not always mean having to limit yourself. Samuel is aware of this and it is in this spirit that he set out to pursue his dream and to use his knowledge and his engineering aspirations. While attending vocational school, the young man was literally fascinated by technology and its applications in sustainable mobility.

So, day after day, he reflected on his personal project, which was to be a project combining innovation, ecology and mobility. In his environment, however, it is not easy to find all the equipment and funds necessary to carry out this type of business, but Samuel did not give up.


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The 17-year-old has started collecting components from old bikes, electronics and scrap wood , with every intention of going all the way. Creativity and passion led him to assemble his own scooter, in just two weeks. Not only is this scooter made entirely of wood, but it is also a small concentrate of ecology and technology.


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To understand the genius of this young man, it suffices to think that the motor of the scooter was made from his mother’s old sewing machine, assembled from the parts of a disused bicycle. For the frame, on the other hand, Samuel cut wooden planks with a simple knife. Thanks to a small photovoltaic panel, he was able to power the bike, which he equipped with brakes, lights, and even a Bluetooth speaker to which he can connect his phone.


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He originally planned to power the scooter with 20 cell phone batteries, but with a donation, he switched to solar power. “I chose solar energy because I don’t want to pollute the environment. With a single charge, my scooter can run for a week,” he explains.


image credit: Efo Selasi/Youtube

At first glance, Aboagye’s vehicle is rather rudimentary, almost like a box with small wheels. Yet it is precisely in this simplicity that its greatness resides. The mere thought of knowing who built it and how he made it forget any aesthetic or aerodynamic “hints”.


image credit: Efo Selasi/Youtube

In short, Samuel is a real budding engineer, and it’s really amazing what he managed to do in such a difficult context, isn’t it?

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