All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless

How 12 teens invented a solar-powered tent for the homeless

Girl power is so underestimated and girl scientists are especially ignored by the science community. But an all-girl engineering team came up with an innovative solution to keep homeless people safe in 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.

Left to right: Kassandra Salazar, Paulina Martinez, and Paola Valtierra, help DIY Girls Executive Director Evelyn Gomez set up the solar-powered tent. Visit Site

Prinsesa Alvarez shows off the solar-powered tent in its rollaway backpack.

When packed up, the tent looks like a “big blue sun,” Prinsesa Alvarez says. A clear opening on the backpack lets sun shine through to charge the solar panels.

Top image: Daniela Orozco uses pliers to pick off excess plastic from a 3D-printed box that will house wires for the solar panels. Bottom image: Left to right: Paulina Martinez, America Hernandez, and Maggie Mejia, check out the teams’ social media channels.

11 Responses to “All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless”

  1. taibeitaco says:

    great job ! may I inquire the cost and how to get one ?

  2. Elizabeth loughlin says:

    Wow what a fantastic invention this will help so many people well done girls

  3. Alizabethann Stiffler says:

    Exciting and awesome to know some children are doing something constructive and creative besides getting into trouble. GREAT JOB.

  4. Chris says:

    How about “all-teen engineer team”?? “All-girl” implies that engineers are boys.

  5. Paula says:

    I would be interested in obtain one, can I have the cost.

  6. Dennis Chandler says:

    My Mother taught me by example that females can do anything they set their mind to. Mom enjoyed doing different types of work. She was a registered Medical Records Technician, a Realestate Broker, a licensed Caregiver, a Private Investigator and the list just goes on and on.
    I’ve worked for female bosses and have been asked by them where I got my respect for her and I told her my Mom taught me to be respectful.

    I hope to see a President in my life time.


  7. Bad Idea says:

    Does it come with a sanitation service to clean up the inevitable filth that comes with it?

  8. Eric Cruit says:

    A version in camo, bright blue is nce, but being incognito is safer in some areas and places

  9. Rebecca M Weible says:

    This is awesome. My daughter has chosen to live on the streets. Are these for sale yet?
    Thank you.

  10. Kathryn says:

    Seriously? Where’d your compassion & love go? This is something to celebrate especially as the freezing nights are coming. The filth is in your mind & heart.

  11. Tammy says:

    How will the homeless pay for the tent

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