DIY Girls Present @ EurekaFest MIT

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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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Attending EurekaFest has been such an incredible experience. The ingenuity that is possible when students are given the time and resources to explore their passions is remarkable. Other team's inventions included a device to monitor the backseat of a car and alert the owner if a child or pet is in the car on a hot day - way to go Drew Charter InvenTeam! College inventors created a portable real-time text-to-braille converter to help give those with visual impairments access to literature in real time. I am humbled that our team was given the vote of confidence to be among such great young talent and excellent educators.

It has been a privilege and an honor to work with my high school teacher, Ms. Mardirosian, to bring a young group of girls from my high school to my alma mater, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)! To say that I am proud of our InvenTeam's work this year would be an understatement. The poise and passion with which the girls speak about their project reminds me why I do the work that I do. Invention and engineering is such a powerful way for us to accomplish the DIY Girls mission - to empower women and validate their contributions to society! I know this group of young ladies will go on to do great things in this world and I am glad I was able to play a small role in their development.

None of this would have been possible without your support! Thank you so much for your generous donation. Please follow us on Facebook ( https://m.facebook.com/DIYGirlsOrg/) and Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/diygirlsorg/) so that you can be part of the girls' journey and share in their success!

With appreciation,
Evelyn of the DIY Girls Team
Violet from SFHS
At the steps of MIT!
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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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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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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
20 months 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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Lisa Janis
5 months ago

Can these be purchased somewhere for homeless donations in other communities?

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Myron D. Yoder
17 months ago

Hey I heard about your project on NPR today and I immediately thought of an innovative company in our local area that might be interested in your project.. a tent company..... Veada Industries.... Veada.com Tell them that Myron Yoder sent you! I worked there many years ago... Best wishes!!!!

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Jack Nikk
20 months 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
20 months 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
20 months 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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RH
$50
Rose Hoskins
18 months ago

You ladies rock! Enjoy this well deserved honor and the trip to present your idea.

DJ
$100
Deo Jaravata
18 months ago

Go Tigers!!! So proud of you all. Wendy, I will miss you.

$25
Dorothy Mitchell
19 months ago

Wonderful project!

MW
$100
Megan Whitaker
19 months ago

Such an amazing accomplishment! Way to go ladies!

CH
$50
Cary Hart
19 months ago

Good Luck Girls!

$100
Patti Lee
19 months ago

I'm so proud of all of you! Women will change the world!

$10
Anonymous
19 months ago
Mónica S Moncada
20 months 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!

+ Read More
Lisa Janis
5 months ago

Can these be purchased somewhere for homeless donations in other communities?

+ Read More
Myron D. Yoder
17 months ago

Hey I heard about your project on NPR today and I immediately thought of an innovative company in our local area that might be interested in your project.. a tent company..... Veada Industries.... Veada.com Tell them that Myron Yoder sent you! I worked there many years ago... Best wishes!!!!

+ Read More
Jack Nikk
20 months 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

+ Read More
Robert MacFann
20 months 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
20 months 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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