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.
Today everyone got into three groups and did the marshmallow challenge. To do this challenge all three groups had to use spaghetti noodles and marshmallows and build a tower that supported the marshmallow. One of the groups had the idea of taping theirs down on the floor so they could make their tower. I never thought of this idea, so that was cool. A lso one of the grouped put tape around the noodles so that they wouldn’t move. Another group used the marshmallows like glue! All of these marshmallow towers turned out great. We also had three different kinds of noodle regular, thick, and thin. ~ Autumn
Today was a big cleaning and organization day. Day and some of the GET City members worked on cleaning out the office in our making space so that it can be used for a digital designing room. I am really excited about this room because we never before had a space to do our digital design work. We also had to go in search of quiet places in the club for that. And the club really does not have many quiet places! Sso a big thanks to T and J for taking the lead on working on the office!
Day gave me the idea of writing about when I went to Michigan Tech over the summer. Every year 2 GET City youth get picked to go. Ok, so when I went to Michigan Tech I was in the geological engineering group. So what the geological group did was to go look at rocks at Copper Harbor. We also went to a mine [the Quincy Mine] that people can go in and learn about what it was used for. Also we went to see some rock piles and used metal detectors to find rocks that had copper in them. I still have my copper rock. You can see a picture below! It was really cool to learn about the mines that are still around and what they were used for. It was awesome to learn how to use the metal detectors to find some rocks that had cooper in them. O
Outside of being in the geological group we got to take trips to the store and stuff with everyone that was there. Going to Michigan Tech is an awesome way to meet new people and learn about different things. Michigan Tech had a lot of different classes you could choose from. For example there were two medical classes, and a criminal justice class. After I went to Michigan Tech I’m thinking about going to MSU or Grand Valley to major in geological engineering because I had so much fun learning about what you get to study. It was also fun getting to hang out with A who went with me! ~Autumn