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!

About the Little Free Library

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.

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Batteries

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

The pennies were separated by paper towels soaked in water, salt and vinegar. We measured how many volts the battery would make after we added one to the stack.1 (2)

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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An update on the little free library!

Today in get city everyone was working on their projects and me and Angie did a power point for the little free library that we are gonna make for the kids/teens at the boys and girls club. We already know how we are gonna make it, and its gonna be amazing! Its gonna be an amazing way for kids to get reading down for school! Here are some highlights:

Who is the library for?

  • It is for the kids (all ages) at the Boys and girls club.
  • They should be able to use it any time of the day, except for when the club is closed.
  • Its not for parents, but parents can use it if there kid cant be there, they can come and get a book for them.

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More making!

Today, everyone is working on their projects. Like, for example, Stephen and I are working on a Little Free Library. We’re going to make it for the Boys and Girls Club so that kids don’t have to go to the Public Library to get a book, they can just get one from the little library at the BGC . I hope we get to make it how we want it!

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Little free library in Chicago that one of our mentors saw