DIY Girls Present @ EurekaFest MIT

$17,505 of $15k goal

Raised by 263 people in 1 month
Violet Indjeyan Mardirosian  SAN FERNANDO, CA
Since the summer of 2016, 12 girls from San Fernando High School have been working tirelessly to invent a portable, solar-powered shelter for homeless individuals of Los Angeles.

Our community, the San Fernando Valley saw a 36 percent increase in homelessness in 2016, to 7,100 residents. Local leaders, moreover, regard alleviating the plight of the homeless in Los Angeles as a “state of emergency.” It is with a corresponding sense of urgency that we have sought to to apply engineering principles and processes toward the development of a device that we believe will go a long way in serving the homeless population in Los Angeles.

We are one of 15 InvenTeams of students nationwide that have received $10,000 in grant funding to solve real-world problems through invention. The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Grant, a sponsored program in the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is a highly competitive grants initiative that offers high school students a rewarding hands-on experience that engages them in the invention process. Students work in teams to develop an invention that solves a real-world problem they have identified and apply basic engineering principles as they develop their solution. Their work culminates in a trip to MIT in June to showcase their invention project at EurekaFest™ (June 15-17, 2017).

We are asking for your help to get our girls to MIT in June! We are from a low income community and our families cannot afford to send their girls to Boston this summer. We will not let this stop us from acheiving our dream of presenting at MIT!

We would like all of our team members to be able to participate in this once in a lifetime experience. However, none of the grant we received can go towards travel expenses. We are solely reliant upon fundraising to make it possible for all team members to take part in this experience. This is where we need your help! We are asking for support with logding and travel expenses.

If you can help, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please share and help us make our dream come true!
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Update 3
Posted by Violet Indjeyan Mardirosian
13 days ago
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We'll be on our way to MIT, thanks to you!

Thanks to your generous donation, we've reached our $15,000 goal on GoFundMe! Over 200 people joined together to give us the necessary funds we need to get to MIT. We hope to make you all proud when we present our invention aimed at helping the homeless population of Los Angeles.

Just today, we were able to purchase our plane tickets to Boston! Only 62 days until take off! For many of our girls, it will be their first time on a plane and the first time leaving home.

The girls have been working all throughout their Spring Break to finish their invention in time for EurekaFest, and your words of inspiration and generous donations provide the motivation we need to get there!

With appreciation,
The DIY Girls InvenTeam

PS. We will continue to accept donations until June to help families pay for costs associated with getting girls the proper identification (passports or state IDs) and transportation to and from the airport.
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Posted by Violet Indjeyan Mardirosian
19 days ago
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Dear Facebook friends, families and friends of the friends, we would like to take this time to thank everyone who has contributed to our gofundme page so far. We are at approximately 13K and going strong toward our goal of 15K. I would like to remind you all that your contributions are tax deductible. Thank you very much, your dollars go a long way.
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Honored at San Fernando City hall!
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Update 1
Posted by Violet Indjeyan Mardirosian
27 days ago
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Dear Facebook friends, families and friends of the friends, we would like to take this time to thank everyone who has contributed to our gofundme page so far. We are at approximately 11K and going strong toward our goal of 15K. I would like to remind you all that your contributions are tax deductible. Thank you very much, your dollars go a long way.
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Mónica S Moncada
28 days ago
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I am sure this invention will lead to conversations on how to make local, state and federal governments respond to homelessness in an effective manner. However, the homeless community needs help right now and this is an invention to ease the suffering they endure on a day to day. Beautiful work, ladies!

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Jack Nikk
8 days ago

they love jack i just this idea of yours didn't strike like lightening......but why wait for me to do something why you can use other people for your law breaking and brain washing iwdfmi

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Robert MacFann
8 days ago

These young ladies are an inspiration. Not only could this address homeless individuals, but I feel it has everyday application for those of us, who serve in the military. Instead of dragging around generators, for use in the field. An invention such as this has practical applications for use on General Purpose Tents., when electrical power is needed.

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Keith M Bender
29 days ago

And where will they be able to Legally and Constitutionally pitch these Tents? The California Constitution authorizes their Pursuit and Obtainment of both Happiness and Safety. See Art.1 Section 1

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$17,505 of $15k goal

Raised by 263 people in 1 month
Created March 20, 2017
Violet Indjeyan Mardirosian  
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$200
nancy n
2 days ago

Engineering is fun! Thank you for your dedication and work to make the world a better place.

BV
$25
Bambi Vargo
2 days ago

In honor of all scientists working to solve problems and improve life for mankind. (Especially my geologist daughter, studying the effect of climate change on the Brewster Glacier in New Zealand.)

EJ
$25
Elissa San Juan
3 days ago

Girl Power!

$50
Anonymous
3 days ago
RS
$50
Roberto Noriega (Class of S'62)
4 days ago

Best of luck!!

$400
Jessica Crow
6 days ago
$25
Anonymous
6 days ago
$20
Erin Pierce
7 days ago
SH
$50
Sue Huynh
7 days ago
SP
$100
Susan Parrington
7 days ago

You deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments in bringing this project to the world!

Mónica S Moncada
28 days ago
2
2

I am sure this invention will lead to conversations on how to make local, state and federal governments respond to homelessness in an effective manner. However, the homeless community needs help right now and this is an invention to ease the suffering they endure on a day to day. Beautiful work, ladies!

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Jack Nikk
8 days ago

they love jack i just this idea of yours didn't strike like lightening......but why wait for me to do something why you can use other people for your law breaking and brain washing iwdfmi

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Robert MacFann
8 days ago

These young ladies are an inspiration. Not only could this address homeless individuals, but I feel it has everyday application for those of us, who serve in the military. Instead of dragging around generators, for use in the field. An invention such as this has practical applications for use on General Purpose Tents., when electrical power is needed.

+ Read More
Keith M Bender
29 days ago

And where will they be able to Legally and Constitutionally pitch these Tents? The California Constitution authorizes their Pursuit and Obtainment of both Happiness and Safety. See Art.1 Section 1

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