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Makerplace workshops get kids thinking with affordable family fun
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A group of about nine kids and their parents gathered Saturday at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana building located at 2115 Lexington Road to build a working music synthesizer by reengineering a sound circuit.

It sounds complex, but Louisville Science Center educators Danielle Blank and Joseph Clagg clearly explained the process to the fourth through eighth graders and assisted them in stripping, cutting and soldering wires to build their take home projects.

The Girl Scouts have certainly come up since I was a kid. They used to meet in church basements, but this building looks like a college campus building or private school. They recently received a grant to open The Makerplace, which they hope will become an open access space for kids to come and engage in science, technology, and creative projects. For now, they are offering workshops at scheduled times.

Lead Photo by Jessica Lynn: Brandon Brooks attaches wires he cut to a circuit board.

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The workshops take place in the Arts and Crafts room.
Science Educator Danielle Blank helps Alauryn Moore with her project
Shannon Runke  holds the wires as son Walter Ray solders them, attaching them to board
Patricia Kidd and Brandon Brooks work on their sound synthesizers
Holden Kidd uses
Soldering irons are one of the instruments the children learn to use.
Science Center educator Joseph Clagg teaches the children about circuitry
Another wall is lined with shelves full of supplies for crafty projects
The room has a long wall adorned with many types of tools for projects.

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Jessica Lynn has been writing for Louisville.com since fall of 2010 and has also been published in LEO, Velocity, Voice-Tribune and others after serving as Editor in Chief of The JCC student newspaper, The Quadrangle. She has also served as columnist or contributing writer to an array of online publications.

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