World we need your input! GET City investigations!

Hey world! Help us out! In GET City we are  investigating social justice. We want to take some action! And we know a lot about Green Energy that can help us. But we need your help! If you are willing and able, can you please complete our surveys. Our issues matter to us because these are things we have experiences or our friends have and we care about these issues. Please complete our surveys! OK some of you might be thinking like how can green energy help with sexual assault. Well we were thinking that maybe a dance or rap and creating a digital with this in it might help. So, your ideas could help us!

If its OK can you forward this onto as many people as you know?? We kinda want to get 1000 responses!


Sexual Assault

Water Pollution


Homeless Dogs

Foster care


Project Updates

Hi everyone! Its been busy!  This year we have been investigating social justice and oppression. We talked about how lots of different kinds of oppression are related. Across all of us, we are talking about bullying, sexual assault, foster care, water pollution in our cities and much, much more! Last week we had a big event where we surveyed as many people in our community as we could do. Today we started to analyze the surveys. We talked about how many people took each  survey for the groups. There was a good amount of people who took them!!! If you add it all up its over 150! After we took a while on going over them we got into the groups and started to brainstorm on how we can make the videos for what we are working on.

Since i am working with a friend on foster and adoption we were brainstorming on how we talk about how we felt about being in the system and my friend said we should talk about how she felt when she  got adopted. Also we are going to talk about how we can make a way to have kids who are in the system or adopted  come together to make them feel safe about talking about what they have been going threw. For example we are thinking of making a website for the foster system and make a group for kids in the system that dont get to talk about how they feel. If we start doing the group and theres a kid that doesnt want to say how they feel i can do a 1 on 1 talk with them. The reason why we decided to do the group and website for the foster system and adoption is because we were both in the system. My friend was adopted and we’re trying to have kids feel safe around other kids who are in the system and who got adopted.  we hope to get this started really soon.

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!



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

The Timmy!

Congratulations to the youth who worked on the Timmy! The “Timmy” is a heated lighted up boot. The boys who made it describe it this way: “This fall, Angie walked in with a cast on and said her toes were cold she really wished that a heated boot/cast existed.  At first we thought about doing this with a cast, but then thought that not everyone has a cast, and a shoe might be better — but specifically a boot.  This worked well, because we could combine our love for sneakers with a winter boot.  When you have to get to places, you have to go outside. You have to go outside to get anywhere. I walk to the Boys and Girls Club from home on days that I don’t have school, for example. Even when I have a car to ride in, I still have to walk to that car. And when your feet are cold in the winter they get itchy because of the cold! Sometimes my feet get so cold, they feel numb — so you have to itch your feet to get the numbness out. In the wintertime, boots keep snow out, they keep snow from getting into your shoes, they should be waterproof, and they should be high quality. With these heated boots, instead of having to stand by a heater when you walk inside, you can walk around anywhere you need to go with heated boots.”

On Thursday March 24, 2016 the boys presented their Timmy at a regional “youth start up” conference and won first place for “technology”! The Timmy, according to its inventors, is “for people that can’t afford shoes, people that don’t have boots for winter, like homeless people that we see in Lansing, we will have a website where we sell boots for free for homeless people (people that aren’t able to pay for it). Our product is very useful for winter and for people that have cold feet, or just want to look cool. And we’ll be coming out with heated or cooling house slippers to keep you warm or cool depending on the time of the year.”

Learn more about the Timmy HERE!

Read the Lansing State Journal article about the Timmy HERE!


GET City Makerspace Manifesto

GET City Makerspace Manifesto

by the GET City Youth

(after a 40 hour youth participatory action research investigation into makerspaces, and 2 years of making in a make-shift makerspace)

“A place where you can invent, have fun, and make stuff to save the world. You can gather to create and learn using green energy. It should be open to all kids at the Boys and Girls Club so we can learn and have fun, with room for little kids AND for big kids.

It should be kid-friendly, colorful, and have a lot of space and things that you can make stuff with, like a lot of tools, lockers, computers/tablets, 3D printers, safety goggles/gloves, a first aid kit, safety precautions, and instructions/rules/schedules on white-board and chalkboards walls too. And whiteboard tables, chalkboard doors, storage carts, snacks, sliding “teacher chairs” with wheels and armrests, and shelves under the tables, and lots of power outlets on tables and hanging from the ceiling with extension cords, so we don’t have to go all around the room so we can just stay where we’re working and get more work done.

Michigan State already has one. Our Boys and Girls Club doesn’t have one and kids should have more opportunities like that. Most kids don’t. Instead of people asking “what’s a makerspace?” they will know because it’s open to ALL kids. And the kids will tell their parents and their parents will tell their friends, and their friends will tell the whole entire world from generation to generation. And it’s all because of us.” #youthmake, #makerspaces, #making4change


2015 Showcase! Youth makers share their work!

On May 8th 15 youth makers at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing show their work to the public! Engineering design prototypes focus on safety and green energy technologies! Come see:

  • Ariele: Umbrella
  • Stephan, Kelih, & DeShawn: Phantom Jacket
  • Kalen: Police Car
  • Jaila & Ahjale: House Alarm
  • Jayla & Ella: Heated Jacket
  • Mikayla: Eye Can
  • Adriana & Jordan: Duck Tape Tie
  • Lilliane: Cane
  • Caleb & Keenen: Bully App

All are powered by green energy— Get your youth-authored movies here!


House Alarm with Dance Lights

J and her partners are working on a house alarm that also has dance lights if you want them. The house alarm system takes pictures IMG_0242of intruders and also plays music when they walk into the house. I think this is a good idea to invent because people who have an alarm system probably haven’t thought of that idea. Music might trick them or scare them and also you can get their picture, too. It depends what kind of music you pick.

~A, GET City blogger extraordinaire