Today everyone got into three groups and did the marshmallow challenge. To do this challenge all three groups had to use spaghetti noodles and marshmallows and build a tower that supported the marshmallow. One of the groups had the idea of taping theirs down on the floor so they could make their tower. I never thought of this idea, so that was cool. A lso one of the grouped put tape around the noodles so that they wouldn’t move. Another group used the marshmallows like glue! All of these marshmallow towers turned out great. We also had three different kinds of noodle regular, thick, and thin. ~ Autumn
Today was a big cleaning and organization day. Day and some of the GET City members worked on cleaning out the office in our making space so that it can be used for a digital designing room. I am really excited about this room because we never before had a space to do our digital design work. We also had to go in search of quiet places in the club for that. And the club really does not have many quiet places! Sso a big thanks to T and J for taking the lead on working on the office!
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
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.
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
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 ideas, 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!
We have spent the last 3 weeks planning and getting ready for Lights On! We are going to teach all of the kids at the 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!
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!)
Also it was nice to meet Haley one of the new get city mentors!
Today in Get City, Stephen and I showed everyone how to make a closed circuit with a light and a battery for their electric art projects. At first we forgot how to make the circuit because it has been a while since we did this. But after trying a few different ways, we finally remembered how to do it again! Everyone also is making their electric art on canvas to put big light up signs around the GET City room and the Boys and Girls Club! ~ Autumn
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!