Today is the first day back for get city. So far we are talking about what get city is and what we are going to do through out the school year, some stuff we have came up with pod cast ideas to address issues in the world. One issue they were talking about is transgender issues. For example one thing that transgenders have a problem with is what bathroom they need to go to. Also some transgender kids are made to feel ashamed of who they are and what are doing to their bodys because people are always telling them are only changing to get attention but in reality they are changing for themselves. I love everyone equally because everyone should feel loved for who they are and they shouldnt feel like they are alone. Also I have have family members who are in the lgbt community and i love them just as much as i love my mom and dad. I love them for who they are because they have a really good personality. In my opinion I would rather hang out with some people in the lgbt community because they have alot more fun when they are together. But back to the rest of the day. Everyone is now in some small groups going over somemore pod cast about other stuff.
Today i went to the library in East Lansing with Day and checked out / bought books for GET City from their new makerspace book area. I also checked out their new makerspace, and I used the studio room in there to do a voice over for Stephen and my video we’re going to make this week.
We bought library-sold books that were 25 cents or like a dollar each. The books could help kids learn how to make things! For example, we got some books that are meant for home carpentry, books that could actually help the greenhouse group and the Little Free Library. We also found some gardening books so that the greenhouse group can learn how to be good gardeners that they wanna be. I guess the point is that I got books that are about science but are really about the things people want to do to make things better.
I also used Garage Band for the first time and used a professional mic. And one of the librarians showed me how to add music in the background so it played while I did the talking.
It was a very productive day! ~ Autumn
GET City youth presented their socially just businesses today at the LEAP event in Lansing for area entrepreneurs. All five teams represented extraordinarily well. Their work is what makes a difference in this world. As one of the youth, Z stated, “It’s not about making money. It’s about doing what is right. Doing what is good. We want to help people. We think when others learn about our projects they will also be able to help people, too.” Z’s comments capture the social justice business approach shared by the youth. Groups included:
GET City 4 Real You Tube Station: A for us by us you tube channel that teachers others how to make with green energy.
The Green Greenhouse: A solar powered greenhouse to produce healthy snacks for the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing.
The Little Free STEM Library: A library of STEM books and mini maker kits helping all kids in their community (especially in the library desert part of town) have access to books and materials.
The Donator: A smart phone app with information about homelessness, how to help the homeless, and where/how to donate.
The Dog Designer Rescue Kit for stray dogs in case you come across one while you’re walking down the street or while your family is driving on the roads. The rescue kit is stylish and functional! It will help us help animals.
Today I went to the ‘5 minutes tops’ to present the little free library that stephen and i made. I told everyone about why we are making them and who we are making it for. Too bad Stephen couldnt make it to the event but i hope he feels better. This event is for teens who are trying to make there buisness go further in the future. Also this was a good experience to talk about why we are trying to do the library. Even though i was really nervous and i was shaking while presenting. We ended up winning a small grant to help with our little free stem library. ~ Autumn
Last week we did some investigations on green energy — energy that lets us power things without harming the earth. We learned about solar panels, hand cranks, and piezo pads. We also tried to power small paper circuits with these. We tried to power parallel circuits and series circuits. We figured out that we had an easier time powering the parallel circuits. We also figured out that all of the green energy sources worked, but some were easier to use, or worked better than others. We are trying to figure out how we want to use this information in our engineering designs we are working on this year. One group is working on food justice so they need to figure out how to power a fan in their green house. Another group is working on homeless animal justice so they need to figure out how to power LED lights in their animals kits. And another group is working on improving the little free library, and they want to add a lighting system powered by solar energy. There are other groups, but these are just some examples!
Today everyone is making videos about why they picked their ideas, and how they are going to be doing their projects. Also before we all got started with everything we had a conversation about what kind of field trips we should do and how we can convince others that these trips are important. One of the ideas I came up with was we could go to Michigan Tech. Another idea is that we can visit MSU or a Power Plant because if they go to MSU we can go around and ask people the questions they came up with for their projects to get some feed back on what some other people think about what they are doing for their project. Like, for example, K and Z are doing a project about homelessness. They can ask people what they think about it and how they can help with getting shelter and stuff for people who don’t have the money for shelter or food.
Today in GET City, we made posters and painted things for our family. We did this to make presents for our family and have a fun party for the end of 2016. Also, we did end-of-year interviews where we talked and the adults learned more about the members of GET City. Some of the things we talked about were the two big events that we hosted this Fall: the Lights On event and the Arcade Games event. The events were really fun and we got to show people what we created. We taught forces and motion, and we taught younger kids how to make circuits. We were really proud of our work.
Also, we are painting one of our cabinets to make it festive because WE SLAY ALL DAY. We want it to be really colorful in here because we need to bring good vibes and joy to the kids who come in this room. The cabinet is now colorful and amazing. There is also a new display by the front door and it is lit. Literally! There is light-up art inside of it. It’s important that we show it off right by the front door so people can know what we do as soon as they walk in (and know what we all ABOUT!). We are about working hard and showing off our skills and learning. We are all about doing cold stuff. We are all about our business.
Today was GET City’s ‘POWER TOOL ARCADE’ presentation day! Since the end of October, the kids in GET City have been building arcade games. This way we got to learn how to use different power tools at the same time we learned some science, like forces and motion. The power tool arcade presentation was for the GET City members to explain why and how they they built their games, and how they play the game. Also, when everyone was done presenting their games, all of the kids that came in to watch were able to be able to play the games. The games included Foosball, Skeeball, race track, pukketball, and other games. Right when everyone left and it was time to clean up, we decided to the manikin challenge. Here is our manikin challenge video!
Today we learned about forces and motion to help us with our arcade games. Our mentor used some of the launchers that Stephan, Day and Angie made as examples to show different ideas on how to launch the balls and stuff. She picked Stephen’s which I think is great because I thought it was the best, and it was made by a kid. She helped us to see that different balls that are different sizes need different force to get it to launch right. Like the heavier ones need us to pull the rubber band back a lot to even get it off of the board. That was more force. It is cool that learning about forces actually helped us with our designs.