California, April 18: A camping tent that can use solar energy to meet the electricity needs of the homeless is in the process. The designing of the camping tent will be done by a group of Hispanic students living in California in order to help the needy.The camping house is made with special materials, where they are going to have solar panels and LED lights so that the person can see inside when it’s dark. The student's solution is to install a small solar panel and a light with an energy storage element so that the accumulated electricity can be transferred to other appliances among other innovations.
The students are also going to have a way to clean the house with ultraviolet lights, which kill bacteria. The Lemelson InveTeam organization at the MIT School of Engineering grants $10,000 to 12 Latino students who pursued the project at the San Fernando Magnet school in Los Angeles County for the installation of miniaturized solar technology in a mobile tent.
Kenia Shi, a high school student said “When we were introduced to the programme and they told us that we had the chance to make an invention that could change something in our community, we thought that making a solar tent was best”.
In Los Angeles County there are 43,000 people who live in shelters or in tents on the streets showed statistics from 2016 compiled by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The annual tally which does not includes figures from Pasadena, Glendale or Long Beach found that the homeless population is 39% African-American, 27% Latino and 26% white.
Araceli Chavez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants said “It’s very nice to be able to say that you’re helping these people who often the government and the public almost ignore”.
Fifteen US schools won the engineering grants from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop things such as tents with solar energy that the students will display at the EurekaFest fair on June 15-17 on the MIT campus.