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Gulfport students create vending machine to help homeless

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Science students in south Mississippi have created a solar-powered vending machine to provide free hygiene products to the homeless.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2nmiXOi ) that robotics students at Gulfport High School created the machine for a contest. Their teacher, Clinton Brawley, challenged them to build a device that meets a community need by using STEAM research - an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

After learning that Gulfport School District has 143 homeless students, the robotics class decided to create something specifically for them.

The machine dispenses toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, disposable razors, bars of soap and feminine hygiene products.

For now, the machine operates on tokens given to district counselors, who know which students are homeless.

Students hope to eventually expand the project into the community.

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