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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Space making at our making space

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!

A summer experience at Michigan Tech

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

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Sharing our ideas with the world!

Today in GET Ciity Stephen and I made videos about our new maker space and my blog posts. We made a video about our little free library and what we are doing with it. We wanted to share our ideas with the DML meeting where our mentors, Angie and Day were going to present our work (click on our picture below!)

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Also it was nice to meet Haley one of the new get city mentors!

 

Electric Art!

Today in Get City, Stephen and I showed everyone how to make a closed circuit with a light and a battery for their electric art projects. At first we forgot how to make the circuit because it has been a while since we did this. But after trying a few different ways, we finally remembered how to do it again! Everyone also is making their electric art on canvas to put big light up signs around the GET City room and the Boys and Girls Club! ~ Autumn
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LEAP event!

Today we all went to the Lansing center for the LEAP event to show our projects! Stephen and I showed our library.  We all did amazing! I just wanna say congrats to the group that won! The group that made the Timmy won first place for tech! The Timmy is a heated light up shoe to keep people warm and healthy in the winter. It is going to be for free or really low cost so that everyone can have one. I had lots of fun. My group got alot of good comments about our little free library. It was the hardest I ever worked. The library will help the kids read and also make things! I will report on the rest of the groups next!

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Spring! Maker Kits all around!

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The top of our kit!

Today on the second day of Spring,  Stephen and I both worked on the little free library…again!. Stephen started to work on the door for it and I worked on little box kits for kids to make paper circuits. So you guessed it – that is our surprise. We want to have kits not just books so kids can do things at home even if they do not have the supplies at home! We want kids to be able to do what we have done. When me and Stephen got the Plexiglass we noticed that there was a crack in it from when Day cut it for us! But when Stephen made a hole through it it didn’t crack! I guess we are just better with the power tools! But, thanks to Day for cutting itfor us! And thanks to Scott for helping Stephen put the door together! It’s gonna look amazing after the door is put on the shelf! I will update you all on the other groups tomorrow! We have to finish the lights and stuff. We have to get our projects done because we are presenting on Thursday!

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The door was NOT easy!

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Isn’t this door amazing!

Little Free Library Updates!

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Drilling holes to hide the wires under the solar panel.

Today in get city Stephen, Angie and me were working on how we are going to put the solar powered lights in our little free library. We had to figure out how to look the light to the solar panel, where to put the lights, how to drill holes into the library we built so that we could hide the wires, and a lot more. We actually did ALOT of hard work today. We have came so far since we first started working on this project in November.  It is looking great! We got compliments by one of the staff members at the boy’s and girls club on how I was working hard on the little free library, too. I’m proud of all of the work me and Stephen have put into this project. I can wait until next Thursday when we go to the Lansing Center to talk about what we are going do with the little free library. We have some great ideas, but I will wait until next week to share them with you! It’s not just about books anymore!