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Teenage girls get $10,000 for "solar tent" invention

Jun 19, 2017, 6:54 AM EDT
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You don’t necessarily need to be a tech whiz to solve real-world problems. That’s the message that comes from a group of 12 teenage girls from Southern California’s San Fernando Valley school. Moved by the plight of their community’s homeless population, the young girls have invented a solar-powered tent that doubles up as a backpack.

The girls’ innovation, which derived inspiration from internet research and YouTube tutorials, has earned them a $10,000 grant from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writes Entrepreneur.  

These “DIY heroines,” who themselves belong to humble families in Los Angeles, spent a year sewing, coding, and 3D printing the tent, all on their own from inception to completion, notes Bored Panda.

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