Welcome to the "Portable Shelter for the Homeless" engineering design challenge. This project is about making a real difference. Homelessness is a serious issue, especially in the colder months. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create shelters that are not only portable and light but also easy to put together. This is a chance to blend your engineering talents with compassion and make a lasting impact.
Your goal is simple yet profound: Design a portable, lightweight shelter for homeless individuals. It needs to provide protection from the cold and be suitable for city living.
Picture a chilly winter night in the city, with people struggling to find a warm, safe place to sleep. Homelessness is a heartbreaking reality worldwide. Through this challenge, you have the power to offer warmth and safety. Think about insulation, weight, affordability, and the environment as you sketch out your ideas.
Your designs will be evaluated based on creativity, functionality, environmental friendliness, practicality for mass production, affordability, and how well you explain your ideas.
"The Little House of Hope" by Emma Redden is a touching story that introduces the concept of homelessness and the power of community. It's a wonderful resource to help grasp the human side of this engineering challenge.