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!
Today we all went to the Lansing center for the LEAP event to show our projects! Stephen and I showed our library. We all did amazing! I just wanna say congrats to the group that won! The group that made the Timmy won first place for tech! The Timmy is a heated light up shoe to keep people warm and healthy in the winter. It is going to be for free or really low cost so that everyone can have one. I had lots of fun. My group got alot of good comments about our little free library. It was the hardest I ever worked. The library will help the kids read and also make things! I will report on the rest of the groups next!
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!
The door was NOT easy!
Isn’t this door amazing!
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!
Our little free library is looking mighty dab! Today we painted the shelves and worked on our sign. Next time we’ll be ready to add our plexiglass door!
Here we are painting the sign for our little free library!
Today Stephen, Angie and I looked up pictures of plexiglass for our little free library. So far we had to make a decision on which one we’ll get, and what color we’re gonna have. We also found a website for the plexiglass. We also made the sign.
Today in Get City, Stephen and I worked on our lil free library a lil bit more. We put a back on it to make it not wobble as much as it did, and we are now working on making a door for it. So far it is looking good and we did a lot of hard work in it. We are also making a sign for it next week.
At the table next to us, Kiana and Bee worked on the light up back pack project. They are trying to power the LED lights with piezo electric generators. They have been having a hard time getting it to work. But, today, they soldered 6 of the piezos together with 1 LED light, and Bee, Kiana, Stephen and I all pressed on the piezos to get the light to light up. Guess what? We finally got it to work!!!!
This picture shows Kiana and Bee working on the piezo testing and me and Stephen working in the background.