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Disaster-relief Container Homes For Japan

RIT on TV News Innovation Symposium

gt;gt; ANCHOR: This summer, students at RIT aresharing some ideas that could change the world. And one student says he’s found a cheap andsimple solution to help people who’ve been put out because of natural disasters. News8’s Jason Frazer has more. gt;gt; COREY MACK: They’re piling up at portsin New Jersey and other ports in California. gt;gt; REPORTER: If all goes according to plan,thousands of people could one day call these prototype shipping containers home. gt;gt; COREY MACK: You take a container from aport, you strip it down and repaint it. gt;gt; REPORTER: After a major natural disaster,displaced families are normally housed in

government trailers, but Mack says his ideais more environmentally friendly. Some of the containers would be powered by solar panels. gt;gt; COREY MACK: I’ve also proposed some thatcan come stand alone. Some have a green roof. gt;gt; REPORTER: The container is just one ofa dozen ideas proposed by RIT students at the Undergraduate Research and InnovationSymposium. gt;gt; JON SCHULL: You could have the next Facebooker.You could have the next Dean Kamen. You could have the next Thomas Edison for all I know. gt;gt; REPORTER: On Friday, students presentedtheir summer research work to business leaders

and alumni. RIT said the purpose is to getstudents to think outside the box. Literally. gt;gt; JON SCHULL: Knowledge is something studentsmake, not just something students absorb. It’s a chance for them to get some practicein a professional capacity. gt;gt; REPORTER: Mack says his container ideawould cost about $15,000. That\’s about the same price for already existing disaster reliefhousing. gt;gt; COREY MACK: When I say it’s $15,000, it’snot just the shell. It includes the shell, interior walls, doors, electricity, plumbing,furniture. gt;gt; REPORTER: To someone who just found themselvesrecently homeless, its money well spent.

gt;gt; COREY MACK: The next step is to apply forgrants to build a prototype. gt;gt; REPORTER: Jason Frazer, News 8. gt;gt; ANCHOR: The winning students get researchgrants to help build a prototype of their presentations.

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