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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Tinkered: A new tool for us

Today in GET City we learned how to use Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a free website and 3-D sketching tool that everyone is going to use to imagine their designs. Also Tinkercad is like Sketchup (that we used before) but its free! So far everyone has been doing really good a using it. It can be really frustrating for a couple of kids because they have to redo their username and password because they are too young and they have to change their birth year just to use it. By the end of today they are going to be so good at using Tinkercad.

It’s going to be an amazing year!

We just finished our electric art projects and workshop for the whole club. Now we are starting to learn more things about power tools and building games. We will have an arcade for GET City when we are done. And we will also teach everyone at the Club how to make these things, too. Today everyone is coming together and explaining the ideas they came up with yesterday. J and her group are doing a race car track. K and her group are doing a fuzzball table. Z and her group are doing a skee ball table. All of these ideas are really good! I think the  GET City kids that are in it this year are some really creative kids and its going to be a great city year! Also they come up with awesome ideas! Once they get to making their ideas they are going to look amazing. ~ Autumn

Think Tank @ Impression 5

Some of us from GET City are helping out at Impression 5 Science Museum as part of the “YAC” — that stands for Youth Action Council. We go to the museum to give our ide1-5as, and help to design the space and the activity. Today we went to talk about our ideas for the signs for the space, and the words we wanted to use to name the different areas. I am really happy they are listening to kids because we would like the space to feel like it is ours. Also we did a fun power tool activity, and we got to give feedback on how we would change it. I think it is cool that we get to help out because we are experts in making from GET City! 1-6

Getting Ready for Lights On!

We have spent the last 3 weeks planning and getting ready for Lights On! We are going to teach all of the kids at 1-1the Club how to do Electric Art. That will be tricky because we will have to teach them a lot of science like how to make a circuit, and different types of circuits. And we will also need to teach them how to use copper tape, and how to solder if they want. We came up with different station ideas that would help little kids and big kids so that no one will get bored. We have the flower station where kids can make cards and a big decoration station. We also are going to have a bracelet station but we are still figuring out how to make bracelets so they work. Also we were going to have a picture frame station but after some of the kids tried to get that to work they decided it would be better to help
kids make light up cork boards instead. Come visit us on Thursday for Lights  On!

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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!

 

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!