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!

Batteries

Today in get city everyone worked in groups and one group made a battery out of pennies.

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Getting it done!

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Screwing in one of the shelves

Today I worked on the little free library that we are putting in the Boys & Girls Club. I got A LOT done so far. It looks amazing! Just like our blueprints! I wouldn’t of gotten as far as I did if Danny and K wasn’t helping me put it all together. We still have A LOT of work to do, but once we get it done. It’s gonna be the first thing I have done in a while! I can’t wait to see what it turns out to look like. I can’t wait for the kids to get books to read.  Thanks so much for helping me work on it Danny, and thanks for getting all of the materials for me Angie, Y’all are the best!

Also, other kids were working on their projects. C & J are making heated leggings. That is such a good idea- it is so cold outside! They also figured out how to get electricity from the piezo generators (for another group’s project, but C & J figured it out!).

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Little free STEM library

Today me and Stephen were looking up pictures of little free libraries to get some ideas about how we want to make ours. We are excited about being able to share STEM books with everyone! There were some pretty cool ones and we got a really good idea from one of them. I hope we get to make it because it would be really cool to make one. We drew out our ideas and now we will are going to build it!  Also everyone else that is in GET City is working on their inventions.

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A picture of what we want our library free library to look like

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A sketch of how we will make our library and where it is going to go!