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    Circuits, Circuits

    The kids got to light things up, literally, by putting together their own circuit boards in today’s camp. It wasn’t always easy! If one circuit was misconnected, then the LED circuit board was dull. Our kids had to apply their logical thinking and problem solving skills to make their very own circuit board. Thanks to...
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    Dance Revolution

    UpstartU session 8 was a two day hip-hop dance program with Safiyyah Rasool. She instructed the kids step-by-step, literally. And the kids learned and practiced Safiyyah’s unique hip hop routines. They were able to confidently express themselves through the dances. The days were filled with a lot of dancing and a lot of fun! Safiyyah’s...
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    Hands-On Creativity

    Last week, in session seven of UpstartU 2017, the Uspiritus kids met Suzy Hatcher and were able to make two of their own unique pieces of pottery. They started off with a slab of clay and Suzy walked them through step-by-step how to make a vase and a memory box. They then made their pieces unique...
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    Linkin’ Bridge Spreads Positivity

    Last week at UpstartU 2017, the kids at Uspiritus met Linkin’ Bridge, the singing group from the west end of Louisville that were finalists on season 11 of America’s Got Talent. The members of Linkin’ Bridge have had similar life experiences as some of the kids at Uspiritus and related to them on that level....
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    Improvisation and Performance

    Jecorey “1200” Arthur spent 3 days with the kids at Uspiritus last week for an overview of music, dance and live performance. Jecorey’s high-energy style filled the room and soon transferred to the kids as they learned how to dance and sing to all different types of music – including folk, hip hop and jazz....
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    Geeks and Games

    Last week in session four of UpstartU 2017, the Uspiritus kids met some of the guys from Louisville Geek and got the chance to learn about building and designing video games. They had laptops that they were able to experience first-hand what designing their own game might be like. They learned how to navigate the...
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    The A.I. Future

    Last week at Uspiritus, session three of UpstartU 2017 sparked an intensive discussion about the future of technology and what it means. Dr. Roman Yampolskiy from the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering came to have a TED Talk-like chat about Artificial Intelligence, nanotechnology and robotics with David Fenley and the kid...
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    Feeling the Beat

    This week at Uspiritus, UpstartU 2017 continued with Mr. Ed White, founder and executive director of Louisville’s River City Drum Corp. Mr. White brought in standing drums for each of the kids in this session and began teaching them a percussive rhythm sequence bit by bit, helping them memorize each part before adding on to...
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    UpstartU Camp Begins for 2017! All About Filmmaking

    This week, we were so excited to kick-off a summer of learning and creativity for the awesome children at Uspiritus! The first session featured film industry veterans, Carl Ellsworth and Zach Meiners. Carl, who is currently on contract with Warners Bros. to write the remake of the Gremlins movie, talked with the kids about screenplay...
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    Safiyyah Dance Stomps Into UpstartU

    UpstartU wrapped up last week with a five day hip-hop dance program with Safiyyah Rasool. Three groups of kids spent Monday through Thursday learning, practicing and trying to perfect two different dance routines (old school and new school). That’s a lot of dancing for four days! The week culminated with a dance showcase on Friday...
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    Second Street Bridge Band Brings the Music

    Sam Hall and Tim Lahay, two members of local band Second Street Bridge, were here this week to rock with the high school group. Sam, vocal and guitar, and Tim, bass guitar, played a lot of their original songs for us and even a few covers at the request of the kids. The group was...
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    DRONES!

    Dr. Adrian Lauf from  University of Louisville and the FPV Race League were here last week to teach the kids about drones. The kids learned some basics from Dr. Lauf and then participated in some hands-on fun with mini-drones! After zipping the drones around the gym and trying to land on their targets (only sometimes...
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    A Landfill Orchestra

    Louisville Orchestra Music Director, Teddy Abrams, came over to Uspiritus with a few members of the Louisville Orchestra to make awesome music with the kids! Teddy talked with the kids about basic rhythm and the emotions behind certain types of music. Then, we all got to make our own musical instruments out of recycled materials...
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    Visual Artistry

    Lori from Louisville Visual Art came by the Uspiritus campuses last week for another fun-filled and educational session of UpstartU. The kids used their unique creativity in a photography and mandala project. Using a Kaleidoscope app, an app with a lot of cool photo filters and manipulations, on iPads, the kids went outdoors to take...
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    Lights, Camera, Action

    What a great day it was for the kick-off of UpstartU! The amazing filmmaker and director, Zach Meiners, brought over 10 professional industry veterans to Uspiritus to give the kids an overview of how a movie is made. The kids loved being able to see some props from real movies like Star Wars and Harry...
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    Planning for an Awesome Summer

    David met with Zach Meiners and Carl Ellsworth this morning to begin planning the first camp day. The kids will have an unbelievable opportunity to work with these two masters of film and film writing (and their colleagues) while getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a movie. We will be learning...
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    Dance-The Universal Language

    We met with the way cool Saffiyah today. She is going to close out the summer camp with her amazing team of hip-hop, break, jazz and pop dancers during a week-long session – resulting in a dance battle at the end of the week! Saffiyah has a unique way of engaging boys and girls of...
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