Working to make refugee camps better places to live
Categorie(s) : Education, News, Research
Published : 1 October 2018
In July, around ten students from Pennsylvania in Grenoble for their research under the GIIP* took part in an innovation and fast-prototyping workshop. The students are developing innovative materials for emergency shelters as part of the French-American REACT (Research and Education in Active Coatings) partnership funded by the US National Science Foundation and French National Research Agency.
In four days, the students designed two objects using REACT materials and intended specifically for refugee camps. The first is a hand-disinfection device with chlorine produced locally at a very affordable cost. The second is a self-powering emergency call box that also integrates lights and an alarm. This novel invention would help keep female refugees—the primary targets of violent crime—safer.
*GIANT International Internship Programme