Team Tech travels to Philadelphia
University of the Pacific's Team Tech is a nationally-ranked group who creates product prototypes over a ten-month period and then presents these projects at the Society of Women Engineers conference in Philadelphia.
In 2015, they worked with Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Mexico and Tierra Luna Engineering to create a small satellite, nicknamed a "CubeSat." This CubeSat is now used to monitor volcanic activity in Mexico and scientists can now alert local communities of potential dangerous volcanic activity - something that did not exist before Team Tech's combined efforts.
This year, Team Tech designed a solar dehydrator to combat poverty for families in Nicaragua. Currently, 76% of the population in Nicaragua lives on less than $2 a day; This is something they hope that their dehydrator will improve. Dried fruit has a much longer shelf life than fresh fruit, supplying families with food with reduced risk of spoilage. Dried fruit is also a true cash crop; A Nicaraguan family with a solar dehydrator can not only provide food for their family, but can turn their crop into additional income.
The team traveled to the Women Engineers National Conference 2016 in Philadelphia from October 26-30 to present their project.