Pacoima,

System to provide temporary shelter for homeless people in LA

The DIY Girls InvenTeam designed and built a temporary, portable shelter for women and children who are homeless. Since people who are homeless must clear their temporary street lodging in Los Angeles between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day, the tent is designed to be quickly and easily collapsed into a backpack. Design features of the overnight lodging structure include construction from a material that is UV resistant with insulating and breathability characteristics. The structure also includes solar-powered LEDs, a cell phone charger, and UVC LED sanitation features.

Recent Team Blogs

April 23, 2017
Based on the feedback given to each Technical Team at our Mid Grant Technical Review, we have made significant progress on improving our next prototype. Below, each team describes the progress they have made in building their second prototype: Materials Team One of the most critical decisions...
March 11, 2017
This past Wednesday Mr. Ford Roosevelt, the President of Project GRAD, came to visit our DIY Girls InvenTeam to see how the prototype was coming along. We had such an amazing time with Mr. Roosevelt and were even more excited to hear that some of his friends attended our Mid- Year Technical...
March 11, 2017
On Friday February 15th, the DIY Girls presented their prototype to their school, San Fernando Math/ Science and Technology Magnet. This presentation served us as great practice for our upcoming presentations. During our school presentation, we got experience as to how to speak in front of a...
March 4, 2017
At our Mid Grant Technical Review, we presented our first prototype to a group of engineers from the MIT Club of Southern California, teachers, family members, and government officials, which included Congressman Tony Cardenas and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The goal was to inform...
January 27, 2017
Our girls have been working hard preparing for their midyear technical review! Our first tent prototype is nearly done, the solar panel component is coming along with the help of an amazing San Fernando High School alumni volunteer, and we are working on our powerpoint presentation to showcase...
December 27, 2016
This last month has been very important for all teams as the deadline for the first prototype is January 8, 2017. Since school let out for Winter Break, our team has been meeting every weekday for 3 hours a day. We have made a lot of progress towards building our prototype. Below are some of...
December 6, 2016
At lunchtime, the team got into a 15-seater van and rode through LA traffic to get to USC for a presentation by Gregory Kloehn, an artist and contractor from Oakland, CA who started constructing and giving homes to people in need. He now runs the Homeless Homes Project, which works to use...
December 6, 2016
Our Structures team finally received their first tent! The team was momentarily shocked when they discovered that the instructions were in another language. However, they didn’t let this deter them and proceeded to work together to try and figure out how to assemble and disassemble it....
December 6, 2016
On Monday, November 17, 2016, our team had the privilege of meeting Leigh Estabrooks, the Invention Education Officer for the Lemelson-MIT Program. We started our meeting with an exercise: we all introduced ourselves and mentioned what major we wish to pursue in college. Mrs. Estabrooks proceeded...
December 1, 2016
DIY Girls is proud to announce that, in partnership with San Fernando High School, has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT Grant. We are one of 15 InvenTeams of high school students nationwide that will each receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to solve real-world problems through invention. As part...