DIY Girls Present @ EurekaFest MIT
$18,160 of $15,000 goal
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!
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!
Evelyn of the DIY Girls Team
Violet from SFHS
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!
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.
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!
Can these be purchased somewhere for homeless donations in other communities?
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!!!!
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
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.
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