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#bNice: Teen Team Invents Solar-Powered Tent That That Folds Into Backpack For Homeless

It is amazing the brilliant ideas that come from young minds. A group of high school girls got together to come up with a great invention to help the growing homeless population in their community. The 12 teens are all students at San Fernando high School, about 20 miles outside of Los Angeles.

According to the site Scary Mommy, they were recruited and coached by Evelyn Gomez, executive director of DIY Girls, a group that encourages girls’ interest in technology and engineering using creative educational experiences. With her help, this all-female team received a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT program for their project.

They worked for a year, on weekends, after school, and on winter and spring breaks. The girls had no engineering experience, but learned coding, sewing, and soldering to create a solar-powered tent that folds into a backpack. And after lots of hard work and testing, they just presented their invention at MIT’s young inventors conference.

“As adolescents, we never thought we could take action to solve the issues we were passionate about,” explains team member Aracely Chavez. “Whenever I thought about the social issues that plagued the U.S and how much I wanted to resolve them, I always thought of myself accomplishing it as an adult.”

But now these amazing young ladies have the skills and confidence to tackle anything they want to today.

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