We are always told to help the poor and needy by giving money or by donating in an NGO. But through charity we cannot find a permanent solution to their problem. To make a difference in the society there needs to be some kind of invention. 12 teenage girls have created a solar powered tent to provide shelter to homeless people in California.
“Because we come from low-income families ourselves, we can’t give them money,” said Daniela Orozco. “We wanted to offer something besides money,” adds her classmate Veronica Gonzalez.
The solar powered tent can roll up into a backpack and also has button powered lights two USB ports and a micro USB port. The girls learnt to make this tent by watching online videos and tutorials as they didn’t have any prior engineering training. They worked for over a year on the project and are now presenting their project at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The 12 girls were recruited by a non profit organization DIY Girls which aims to encourage young women from low income families to pursue careers in maths, science and engineering. Also, they have been granted $10000 from the Lemelson MIT program to develop their project further.
Through this initiative the team hopes to encourage other girls to pursue science and engineering and become future innovators.
“Me and her, we’re the only two junior girls in our AP Calculus class, which has way more guys than girls,” says Paola Valtierra, pointing to Kassandra Salazar, who wants to be an astronaut. “But we’re gonna change that.”