Oakland, California, teenager, Ahmed Muhammad, has been featured in many news stories, saluted as a CNN Hero, and profiled recently on GMA3.
Not only because of his academic success as the first Black male valedictorian at the more than 100-year-old Oakland Technical High School and acceptance by 11 universities including, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford.
Rather it is his entrepreneurial talent and how he was inspired to use his time during the Covid lockdown that has also drawn much attention. A business idea sparked after learning his younger niece and nephew had a great dislike of science.
“I wanted to know why their confidence had been destroyed at such a young age, 6-9.” — Ahmed Muhammad
So, he searched his science books and the internet and began designing science experiments with items around the house to create a series of fun projects, such as using potatoes to make a battery. The youngsters loved the hands-on experiments and gained an appreciation for science.
Enthusiastic feedback from his younger relatives and educational challenges caused by the lockdown provided further inspiration and in June of 2020, Muhammad launched a multicultural, youth-led non-profit, Kits Cubed, and later used revenues to donate thousands of kits to children struggling with science in the Oakland school district.
Remarkably, the kits are not only designed to be fun and affordable but are designed to be used without the need for a computer or the Internet.
There are several editorials featuring the teen entrepreneur but check out Atlanta Black Star for the tips and details they include about how Mohammed got his start with his nonprofit; details not included in other articles.
Oakland Technical Valedictorian Makes History: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/5516887-oakland-tech-valedictorian-makes-history/
GMA3, What You Need to Know, Wednesday, April 14, 2021: https://abc.com/shows/gma3-what-you-need-to-know/episode-guide/2021-04/14-wednesday-april-14-2021
‘It Starts with the Idea’: Oakland Teen Creates Successful Education Business After His Young Niece and Nephew Said They Were ‘Bad’ at Science: https://atlantablackstar.com/2021/01/15/it-starts-with-the-idea-oakland-teen-creates-successful-education-business-after-his-young-niece-and-nephew-said-they-were-bad-at-science/