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
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!
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.
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
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
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!
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 of 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
Update On Our Invention: We have made progress on our invention. We found out that it is hard work to do our invention! It takes a lot of tasks, thinking and getting the right supplies to do our invention. I learned that we need special supplies to take off all the soldering metal from the circuit board and special tools to solder on any components. Now that we have an understanding of how it works we must get the supplies and our invention will begin to be a success, so people may enjoy our invention. I look forward to finishing my invention and presenting my invention to people at the Boys and Girls Club as well as the MSU students. Go Phantom! ~S
Today I am going to report on a new jacket. It is something every girl might want. It’s a rape alarm jacket. I love the color (RED) and it has a solar panel sewed into it. You pull the alarm when you want help. And you never have to worry about the batteries going out. And that is my report on another great GET City project. ~A, GET City blogger extraordinaire