Girl power is underestimated and girl scientists tend to be ignored by the science community. But an all-girl engineering team came up with an innovative solution to keep homeless people safe in the winter.
A team of 12 girls from San Fernando High School in partnership with DIY Girls designed solar-powered tents for the homeless, and they can also be packed and folded into a backpack to be easily transported.
DIY Girls is an organization that offers its support for girls interested in science and technology and builds a sense of community by connecting girls through science projects. When drafting the plans of the tent, the girls had in mind a few key features, such as lightweight, easily transportable, and has a LED or UV light that can disinfect the tent.
The goal was also to patent the invention and to make sure it gets to as many people in need as it is possible. This project is so empowering and it’s living proof that great minds can do great things when coming together and having proper support.
Evelyn Gomez: “We want this to be used for good intentions. It is capable of helping refugees that are displaced from their homes. It has the potential to help a lot of different people.”
Left to right: Kassandra Salazar, Paulina Martinez, and Paola Valtierra, help DIY Girls Executive Director Evelyn Gomez set up the solar-powered tent.