E has been working on how to make a solar powered shoes. She has been working on this for the past couple of months. J and E have been working on a heated jacket and their heated by solar and re-chargeable batteries. To me I think they have had fun making this. Also for E’s project her shoes are gonna be heated by solar panels. For the other groups they have been working so hard on their projects, but these projects were the most interesting to me. These are ones that kids will really want. Now that is Fcience! ~A, GET City blogger extraordinaire
We are trying to figure out exactly how to power our rape alarm jacket with a solar panel. We’ll either have rechargeable batteries in the jacket that can be charged later with a solar panel, or we will put solar panels on the jacket. Our big questions are how much energy does this alarm need, how often would we need to recharge the batteries, how long would it take to recharge the batteries, could we find a solar panel that would look nice on the jacket, how do we hook all of these things up, and many more! If you have ideas, put your comments here. ~J & A
Some of you already know (from the earlier post) I have been working on duct tape fashion line. I have hats, ties, and other accessories. My necktie thermometer is a much more sanitary option than the kind you put in your mouth or ear. The necktie will constantly monitor your temperature so that if you are in the hospital or sleeping at home no one has to wake you up to take your temperature. Right now, I have made the ties in a way I think will work, but I need to figure out how to program the circuitry that I have so that it can work with the different temperature sensors I have been looking at. This is taking me a long time. But, for now, you see one of the ties I might use in this design. One of the mentors is testing it out. ~A
We are starting to build our engineering design prototypes. One of the safety issues I have identified is tripping over untied shoes. I think this important for little kids and for older people, like my gramma. I thought it would be good if we could find an easy and kind of cheap way to make shoes that self tie. And, of course, I want to find a way to power it with either human energy from walking or from solar energy. I have not used power tools before so that is part of what I have to figure out as I work on my project. ~E
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We have never used a glue gun before, and one of our mentors suggested it might help to keep our bird house stable. But we were a little afraid of it. We didn’t want to mess up our project. So, our mentors said we could play around with it. That made us a little nervous. But, we ended finding some newspaper and our snack wrappers and we made art with it. We were able to display our art, and we figured out exactly how we want to use our glue gun!
GET City is exploring food around our community from different perspectives: Energy, health and justice. Last week we took a field trip to Market Fresh. While there we had to pick a healthy snack that would feed 20 people for under $20. The task helped us see that it was hard to find something cheap and healthy. We also interviewed people (customers, staff, etc.) about their opinion of the store and what they wanted to see change. We plan to take more field trips to different food places to gather more information. Cami
We have investigated about how climate change causes severe weather like Hurricane Sandy for weeks. Today, we reviewed what we have learned with a board game modified from a Korean traditional board game (called Yut Nori). We tossed four wooden sticks in the air and moved our board pieces on the board based on the arrangement of sticks. Enjoying the game, we also tried to answer some questions about climate change and Hurricane Sandy, such as how we can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and how Hurricane Sandy is related to climate change. It was really fun!!!
GET City is the recipient of the 2012 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award for Digital Learning!
This national award, which is given jointly by The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation, recognizes “new and fresh approaches to help middle school students succeed in the programs, school and life.” Read about it at the Afterschool Alliance! Congratulations GET City!