Based on the popular Maker Movement and the variety of makerspaces popping up in communities across the country, The MakerPlace brings technology, mathematics and engineering to life through designing, building, tinkering and inventing using ordinary, everyday items, gizmos, and gadgets. Participants will explore these concepts and bring home their own creations at the end of each themed session or after they complete a project. The MakerPlace is presented by the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and the Kentucky Science Center.
Family Skill Building Workshops
The MakerPlace allows kids and families to bring ideas and inventions to life. We’ll help you find inspiration, learn to use cool tools like laser cutters and 3D printers, figure out how to turn a handful of electronics and wires into programmable machines, and much more. We can make anything from robotic pets, to jewelry that senses your heartbeat, to marshmallow shooters, whatever you can dream up! Why do-it-yourself? We can do it better together No two workshops are alike-we challenge you to design something new each workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a hack-able object from home for a one of a kind creation.
These workshops are geared toward youth in the 4th to 8th grades. The workshops are open to both youth and the adult of their choice – mom, dad, big sister/brother, or neighbor.
Family Workshop Dates
January 4 - Louisville PLC - Register Now!
January 18 -Louisville PLC - Register Now!
February 1 - Louisville PLC - Register Now!
February 15 - Louisville PLC - Register Now!
March 1 - Louisville PLC - Register Now!
March 15 - Louisville PLC - Register Now!
April 5 - Louisville PLC - Register Now!
April 19 - Louisville PLC - Register Now!
May 17 - Louisville PLC - Register Now!
Each youth that attends the workshop will be exposed to many different media: textiles, wood working, electrical circuitry, joining, cutting, laser cutting, soldering, programming, 3-D plotting, and much more! They’ll learn how these different media can be combined to create one-of-a-kind projects.
Adults are there to work alongside the youth, not to be full participants in the workshop. They will not be making their own projects, but assisting the youth and being exposed to the maker movement and the many different media.
For More Information
Janis Kidd, PE
2115 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40206
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Inc. serves more than 23,000 girls and volunteers in 64 counties in Indiana and Kentucky. Working in partnership with a team of committed adult volunteers, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is available to girls through troops and interest groups, in neighborhood and community program facilities, in schools and as part of many after-school programs, and in juvenile detention centers. Girl Scouting provides opportunities and experiences as diverse as the girls we serve. While the girls are having fun and making new friends, they are also learning. Age-appropriate lessons on health and wellness, financial literacy, peer pressure and self-esteem are all common themes in Girl Scouting. Our outdoor programs help nurture a love of the environment and encourage girls to learn about and preserve the world around them. Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana has embraced STEM education and experience programming as part of its 2014 Program Platform.
Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to enjoy science, mathematics and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment that is educational as well as entertaining. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges.