A 12-Year-Old Tech Prodigy's Mission

Monday, August 26, 2013

Quin Etnyre with his Gas Cap, which is a wearable methane sensor. (Courtesy of Qtechknow)

Quin Etnyre wanted to make tech education more fun. So he became a teacher and he started his own company called Qtechknow, which sells DIY electronic starter kits.

He has plenty of his own experience with DIY electronics. He’s already invented several technological gadgets, including a robot that dusts and a fart detector.

Maybe his inventions aren't so surprising when we consider that Quin is only 12-years-old.

Quin, who will soon be entering 8th grade, believes anyone can learn to be comfortable with  technology. He joins The Takeaway to discuss some of his inventions and the ways he is working to make technology more accessible. 


Quin Etnyre

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

Cathy Menz-Brick from Daytona Beach, Florida

He is awesome!!!!!

Nov. 06 2013 10:15 PM
Luz Rivas from Los Angeles, CA

I really loved the story and hearing him talk about his passion for electronics and how anyone can learn with support. He seems like a great and inspiring teacher. As an MIT alum, I know he will thrive there.

I don't like the title of the story. The use of the work "tech prodigy" implies what unfortunately most people think of those of us that studied and worked in technology and engineering fields - that it was all natural for us. Quin works hard and seeks ways to learn. Like he says, anyone can be comfortable with technology.

Aug. 27 2013 12:32 PM
Lisa from Santa Maria, CA

Quin ~ Gery & I LOVED this interview!! So proud of you!!

Aug. 26 2013 10:31 PM
Kay Merkel Boruff from Dallas

Clone that kid. We're in good shape.

Aug. 26 2013 12:40 PM

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