I cannot over emphasize or underscore how much these Catlin Gabel student inspire and humble me. They are absolutely amazing humans and I am so grateful to get to know them and witness them in action. They embody a similar philosophy of Imagine, Design, and Create a Better World. They get that being part of a FIRST Robotics team is about more than just robots.
Catlin Gabel students invented JuiceBox, a unique solar-powered device that provides electricity for off-grid, portable pod houses inhabited by previously homeless people. The project, an intersection between environmental and humanitarian work, earned the team a $10,000 prize, which they are re-investing into the project.
The ideas of two Catlin Gabel sophomores merged into a single invention that is changing lives at the Hazelnut Grove homeless village.
Solomon Olshen wanted to provide electricity to residents of Hazelnut Grove, where he has volunteered with his father, Andy, to help residents create a community of tiny houses. Classmate Anjali Haripriyan wanted to bring solar power to homeless shelters to help them use clean energy and reduce their energy costs.
Beaverton Valley Times:
The JuiceBoxes were developed by Solomon Olshin, a junior at Catlin. Olshin and his team developed these batteries in order to bring power to houseless Portlanders.
KGW 8 News:
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KATU 2 News:
The InvenTeam of Catlin Gabel is using its skills in the classroom to help give power to those most in need – through its JuiceBox. The box is not the kind that you pack in your kids’ lunch. Instead, “juice” is the energy kind.
The Catlin Gabel 'InvenTeam' is creating a new solar powered battery, providing power for sleeping pods used by the homeless.
The Oregonian: A group of high schoolers from Portland's private Catlin Gabel school created the JuiceBox, a solar-powered LED light and charger, to allow people living outdoors to connect to their communities.
The Multnomah Athletic Club Winged M Magazine:
Solomon Olshin and Layton Rosenfeld are keeping residents of North Portland's Hazelnut Grove community connected with an award-winning solar invention.