Feeling Accomplished!

I think it is important for kids to have the opportunity to feel accomplished with what they are working on. By keeping working on their projects and making it into a bigger better project kids could help to make a difference, and they could become famous for what they are doing.  In electric art kids felt accomplished with the games that they made, and how they helped other kids learn. Basically it’s about what you learned, how you worked on it, and how others saw it and what it meant to them.

I felt accomplished in my maker club a lot of times. It could be like the Little Free STEM Library (LFL) because that is the first thing that came to mind because it’s in front of my face. Last year when we went to the LEAP event, Stephan and I had gotten business cards from people because people wanted us to build more LFLs and put them around the city. I felt accomplished because I didn’t think people would give us business cards, and they did because they wanted more LFLs. LFLs are important because they help other kids practice reading and learn more about science.

This is different from school because at school some teachers make you feel that you can’t be accomplished in life. Here I feel the opposite because we get to make different projects, and at school we don’t get to do it.

It does matter in the community because your projects could go further into different communities. If we were over in the south side where I live, people would be like that is cool, but we could go to the east side and they could learn too. They could learn and make a difference too! Then they would reach out to other communities, and it would just keep growing and growing…

~Autumn, Chief GET City Blogger

Back to the City!

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.

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.

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.

Tinkered: A new tool for us

Today in GET City we learned how to use Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a free website and 3-D sketching tool that everyone is going to use to imagine their designs. Also Tinkercad is like Sketchup (that we used before) but its free! So far everyone has been doing really good a using it. It can be really frustrating for a couple of kids because they have to redo their username and password because they are too young and they have to change their birth year just to use it. By the end of today they are going to be so good at using Tinkercad.

It’s going to be an amazing year!

We just finished our electric art projects and workshop for the whole club. Now we are starting to learn more things about power tools and building games. We will have an arcade for GET City when we are done. And we will also teach everyone at the Club how to make these things, too. Today everyone is coming together and explaining the ideas they came up with yesterday. J and her group are doing a race car track. K and her group are doing a fuzzball table. Z and her group are doing a skee ball table. All of these ideas are really good! I think the  GET City kids that are in it this year are some really creative kids and its going to be a great city year! Also they come up with awesome ideas! Once they get to making their ideas they are going to look amazing. ~ Autumn

Think Tank @ Impression 5

Some of us from GET City are helping out at Impression 5 Science Museum as part of the “YAC” — that stands for Youth Action Council. We go to the museum to give our ide1-5as, and help to design the space and the activity. Today we went to talk about our ideas for the signs for the space, and the words we wanted to use to name the different areas. I am really happy they are listening to kids because we would like the space to feel like it is ours. Also we did a fun power tool activity, and we got to give feedback on how we would change it. I think it is cool that we get to help out because we are experts in making from GET City! 1-6

Getting Ready for Lights On!

We have spent the last 3 weeks planning and getting ready for Lights On! We are going to teach all of the kids at 1-1the Club how to do Electric Art. That will be tricky because we will have to teach them a lot of science like how to make a circuit, and different types of circuits. And we will also need to teach them how to use copper tape, and how to solder if they want. We came up with different station ideas that would help little kids and big kids so that no one will get bored. We have the flower station where kids can make cards and a big decoration station. We also are going to have a bracelet station but we are still figuring out how to make bracelets so they work. Also we were going to have a picture frame station but after some of the kids tried to get that to work they decided it would be better to help
kids make light up cork boards instead. Come visit us on Thursday for Lights  On!

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