Students in California design solar powered tent for the homeless

A group of Hispanic students living in California is designing a camping tent that can use solar energy to meet the electricity needs of the homeless.

“Our camping house is made with special materials, where we’re going to have solar panels, … (and) LED lights, so that the person can see inside when it’s dark,” Kenia Shi, a high school student, was quoted by Efe news agency as saying.These students are also going to have a way to clean the house with ultraviolet lights, which kill bacteria.

The installation of miniaturised solar technology in a mobile tent is the project being pursued by 12 Latino students at the San Fernando Magnet school in Los Angeles County, for which they received a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson InveTeam organisation at the MIT School of Engineering.

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