Visiting other makerspaces

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

Congratulations GET City!

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.

Presenting at 5 minute Tops

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

A social justice business approach to the Little Free Library

On Tuesday, Stephen and I worked on our 5 minute slide show that we are presenting on march 22nd 2017. In our presentation we talk about the little free stem library that we are making and what it is for and how we are planning on doing with it. For example, we used Google Maps to determine where all of the libraries are in Lansing and when they are open. We figured out we live in a library desert. We really need to provide this service to our community. It should not cost them any money. Everyone deserves to learn how to read.
Also when we practiced our talk on Tuesday, we did it under 5 minutes. I’m glad that me and stephen are making the little free library because its helping kids around Lansing and around the world and I’m hoping that other people tell kids that don’t have a way to the public library about the free library. Also me and sthephen are having lots of fun making the library and we are having fun coming up with new ideas to put in the library and how we are gonna put them in other places other than the boys and girls club. i hope you enjoyed the blog post    -autumn

Investigating Green Energy

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!

 

 

Video Reflections on our Making Research

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.

Making for our families

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.

– John’Daea, Dae’Johna, Mahkai, and Sara

Arcade Day Manikin Challenge

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!

Forces and motion

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.

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The Marshmallow Challenge!

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

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