An all-girls science club from San Fernando Senior High School near Los Angeles has designed a solar-powered tent meant to help homeless and displaced people around the world.

The tent — designed by a group of 12 high schoolers with the help of an organization called DIYgirls — uses solar power to charge electronic devices, provide light and sanitize itself via a system of antibacterial UV lights. And it folds into a backpack for easy travel.

The electronics cost about $40. The tent itself is made out of highly durable and water-resistant material. The idea for the tent came after some members of the team saw increased homelessness in their neighborhood.

“These girls saw a problem in their community,” Evelyn Gomez, an engineer and the executive director of DIYgirls, tells NPR’s Morning Edition. The group aims to get young girls from under-resourced areas interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

All-Girls Teen Engineering Team Creates A Solar-Powered Tent For Homeless People

Photo: Courtesy of DIYgirls

Some Random Tips for College STEM Students

**note - these are from my experience doing a physics + astronomy degree. take what works and ignore the rest**

1) Do as many practice problems as you can. Attempt all the problems you’re assigned, even if you get stuck just thinking about the question or write down a single equation.

2) Draw diagrams.

3) Consider block paper (also known as “quad and margin”) notebooks for your class notes. It makes drawing graphs a lot easier.

4) Assign the correct variables to whatever values you have *first*. Check your units and define variables if you have to.

5) There’s probably a simple way to code a solution to the problem. Or at least plot the function.

6) Ask questions if you’re confused in class

7) Khan Academy for calculus and Wolfram Alpha for solving equations 

8) Write outlines for your lab reports before you start them. Do your figures first.

9) Be enthusiastic

10) Don’t let boys make you feel stupid or like you don’t belong

11) Ask the internet, then your friends/classmates, then your TA and then your prof. But only once you’ve made a real attempt at figuring the thing out.

12) Do (or read) the derivation of important equations at least once so that you understand the underlying principles before you use them.

13) Collaboration >> competition 

14) Show some respect for Humanities students. You are not automatically smarter than them because you’re good at STEM.

Physics notes. Yesterday we went home an hour and a half early cause our professor was absent. So happy cause I avoided traffic and got home really early 😁

(PS: This was originally scheduled for last night but for some reason, it didn’t post so uploaded it myself 😜)

Listen, if you ship Jonerys, Bellarke and Stydia, I immediately want you as my best tumblr friend so like this post so I can follow you and have all your beautiful posts on my dash! <3

Also Star Wars. I love Star Wars. Also if you are a woman in STEM or a man, I don’t mind, as long as you post about stem (programming and IT especially).

And Harry Potter! And The Hunger Games!