DIY Girls InvenTeam

Los Angeles, CA
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.


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:

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 Review.

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 crowd, hold a microphone correctly, and overcoming stage nervousness. We had such a supportive crowd that day, that we felt as if we were at home. Nonetheless, we still got evanescent moments of nervousness, but we were able to push through and finish in victory. During our school presentation, we brought awareness to homelessness as well as possible solutions to help out the homeless community. We felt it was very important for the students at our school to understand the gravity of the situation and how they can help out.

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.

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 the accomplishments from each team.

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 ingenuity and discarded material on the street to build homes for the homeless.

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 to discuss our team’s project.

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. Subsequently, all four of them were tasked with erecting and deconstructing it alone.

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 of the Grant, the DIY Girls InvenTeam will have the opportunity to travel to MIT for EurekaFest in June 2017 to present their work.