12 teens from US invent solar-powered tent for homeless
About 12 teenage girls from San Fernando High School in Los Angeles in the United Stated (US) have invented a solar-powered tent for the homeless, Mashable reported.
"Because we come from low-income families ourselves, we can't give them money," the report said quoting the high school senior Daniela Orozco, as saying.
It's a solar-powered tent that folds up into a rollaway backpack.
These teenagers have created this solar-powered tent with the help of YouTube, Google, and trial-and-error method.
According to them, they hope that one day, their solar-powered tent will improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness in their community.
In the San Fernando Valley, homelessness increased 36% to 7,094 people last year, the report said citing the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency's annual count.
The teen girls from San Fernando High School worked on their invention over the course of a year, cited the report.
As part of a young inventors conference, these teenage girls will present this invention at MIT on June 16 this year.
The teens, none of whom had coded, soldered, sewn, or 3D-printed before they joined forces, won a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Program to develop the invention, the report said.
According to the report, they were recruited by DIY Girls, a non-profit that teaches girls from low-income communities about engineering, math, and science, to go after the grant.
"I knew I wanted to apply for it, but I needed a team," the report said quoting Evelyn Gomez, 29, the executive director of DIY Girls, as saying.
"I went back to my calculus teacher at my high school and did a hands-on recruitment activity."
Most of the girls didn't know each other before, but they quickly became close friends, the report said.