It’s about perspective!

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MSU beats U Mich! Today we did observations on the Msu vs Michigan game on Saturday October 17th to see how observations are shaped by perspective! We observed that the Michigan fans were upset that they lost the game and we also observed that Msu was really happy that the game went really good and they won. Also today me and some of the get city members were sketching out a design for our get city shirt we are getting and it is GET CITY IS MY CITY. Also today we are gonna do videos about what we talked about. ~ Autumn

Why should we care?

Today in GC we are seeing how much energy we are using and what are carbon emissions are by doing the carbon footprint calculator. But, the computers were not working well so we decided to make up carbon footprint dances. It was fun but really silly. We decided we might be “as big as a bear” but we have ways to cut back . Our new inventions this year will help. They will use green energy technologies and they will do good things for our community. ~ Fall

Making the Case

On August 26th, GET City Making 4 Change youth makers made their case for a community maker space to the Board of Directors at their local BCG. They presented their research findings where they covered their examination of other area maker spaces, interviews with makerspace leaders around mid-Michigan, interviews with peers and adults, measurements of possible spaces, and their research into tools, resources, and equipment they would need to make their maker space INCLUSIVE of all community members (not just making experts), YOUTH-CENTERED (because all of the spaces they visited did not seem friendly to youth), EMPOWERING (because they want to make in ways that support their community, and they want everyone to know they can be a maker whether they want to go into engineering or not), and EDUCATIONAL (because some people may want to go into engineering and they need knowledge and experience not taught in schools)! THANK YOU YOUTH!

 

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Decomposing our engineering designs

IMG_9295Today we tried to take some next steps on our invention. We had to split our inventions into four parts: What we are powering? What is our power source? How will we store our power? How will we connect everything? For our phantom jacket, we really want to have some cool lights. We were surprised how many batteries it took to light up a string a lights that we could sew into our jacket. We want to use rechargeable batters. We also want to power everything, maybe with wind, maybe with solar. We still have to do some more tests! ~ S, J & M.
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Feedback cycle day!

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We presented our engineering designs today to a panel of experts. We wanted to get feedback on how build the power part of our designs and other technical parts. My design is a duct tape thermometer. Im actually a duct tape expert. I made the hat I’m wearing today. I have also made a cell phone stand and some other cool glamor accessories. The duct tape thermometer is designed to help with the hygiene issues around taking temperatures. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a way to take temperatures of sick people without worrying about that? The duct tape thermometer will help. Some ideas I got today were to consider other possible sensors in addition to temperature, such as respiration rates or pulse. Also, since I wanted to make this solar powered, I was asked to think about how I might collect and store this energy because honestly the devise is probably going to be used indoors. That is it for now! Thanks for reading. ~A

Fun Science … Fcience!

One of the Making 4 Change things we do is make our own websites. So today, we want to tell you about our website! What we want to accomplish in our website is to help other children do fun science (or Fcience!), if it is for school or if it is just for fun. We are here to help others and give out tips!

We want pretty much everyone that needs it to visit: investors, students, teachers, and others. This source is for people who like to get their hands dirty and have fun with science. If you want to go the easy and boring route please don’t come to us. We will give exciting stuff.

We get all of our ideas for our website by, pretty much, using our brains and thinking of cool things to share with others. We do ethnography to figure out what our community cares about, and we are also doing some technical investigations. We also get TONS of help from our wonderful GET City staff. They have been very supportive.

We are also here to encourage others while trying something NEW. Our website is to EMPOWER people to want to do science. It isn’t to give every single direction. We are who you can come to for fun science inspiration. If you are struggling, we are here. We WANT to help you!! We also want to inspire good feelings about science and not bad ones, like most kids get from school. Anyways we are here for help!!!  Peace out: J&A

For more information, go to our website http://funscience0.weebly.com/

Fun Science website!

 

 

A light up umbrella

Right now, P’s favorite idea for a new design is a light up umbrella. She picked this idea because it is a safety issue that came up in the surveys. She said that people need to see better when it is dark from night time or from the clouds. She also wants the umbrella to have a heater or cooler to keep you warm or cold. And lastly she wants her umbrella to use green energy. She has the idea that you could put flexible solar panels in the umbrella. Stating that she knows that it might not work so well on a rainy day, she said that her umbrella can be used to keep you shaded in the sun. She might have a battery attached to store the energy from the sun for a rainy day. And we can’t forget about the super cool pocket on the handle so that you can put your phone there, too. Here is her sketch up. ~ A.

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Analyzing our surveys

We ended up getting 62 survey responses last week! Thank you everyone!  Today we analyzed the responses to figure out what the surveys were telling us. We know we want to come up with some inventions around safety. But we didn’t really know what people in our community mostly cared about. Our group noticed that the biggest safety issue related to walking around. People who answered the survey said that walking at night, walking the streets and guns or bullies, was a big issue. And we agree. Lots of streetlights do not work, lots of sidewalks are in good condition, and lots of us have to walk in the dark because it gets dark early here this time of year. So one idea that we came up with today was a solar powered light up jacket with an alarm and solar heater (because its also cold here).

If you are interested in taking our survey, click HERE!

Thanks! P, B and L!

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What do people in our community care about?

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Today we designed a survey to get information on the safety issues that people in our community care about. We put the surveys on our ipads. We are using a survey program that uploads the results immediately so we can see what people are saying. Then we tried to figure out what groups of people to survey. Mainly our ideas were: Teens, adults at the club, friends, parents, younger kids, teachers. We decided to try to get people in each of these categories. We also thought that getting ideas from parents and adults at the club was important because they need to support whatever inventions we come up with to help address the safety issues our community faces. I got the job of live blogging the results as they were coming in. I noticed right away that commuting to school or home was the #1 safety issue. And alot of people were also concerned with safety issues when hanging out with friends. thanks for reading! L from GET City

Making 4 Change

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We’re starting a new project in GET City called Making 4 Change. In this project we are going to be community engineering experts. We are going to work on engineering designs that help out our community. We using the tools of ethnography (F-nography, because F stands for fun) and engineering to help us to design engineering solutions that are technologically sound and good for our community! I hope you come to our blog every once in a while to see what we are up to! Peace Out. K from GET City