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Active ART

Opportunities to combine my many passions and interests (education, engineering, community service, making a mess) have always been my favorite projects to execute. Over the past 8 weeks  I’d had a great time developing a traveling art and health exhibit, titled Active ART, with my fellow fellow Poonam Narotam in partnership with Dr. Asha Shajahan of Beaumont […]

How might we reimagine High School?

“We’ve gone from the Model T to the Tesla and from the switchboard to the smartphone. Yet high school has remained frozen in time.”

Encouraged by my father, a public high school physics teacher back in New York, I attended a Changemaker session for The XQ: Super School Bus last week at the College for Creative […]

S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center

“Miss Rachael, can we PLEASE have homework? Not the paper kind, the building kind!” I couldn’t be more excited to hear this from one of my 4th graders on the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Team at our final competition for the season last weekend. It reminded me of early mornings spent in my middle school […]

Challenge #4: Mobility in Detroit

My team’s design prompt for Challenge #4 was, “How might we design a mobility strategy to alleviate traffic and car dependency in the West Village EcoDistrict?”

We started our challenge by defining what mobility means to West Village residents. We learned that mobility choices, like whether you will bike or drive to work, are highly influenced […]

Midwest Veggie-tales

When I first moved to Detroit I decided to try and embark on a plant based, vegan lifestyle. Coming from the east coast, it wasn’t hard to find a salad bar on many corners of Boston streets. My friends were amused that on my move to the Midwest I would decide to change my diet […]

FIRST Robotics

Over the past 2 months I’ve spent most of my after work hours at a large warehouse space in Southwest Detroit. The Detroit Hispanic Development Center is home to Detroit’s FIRST Robotics Build site, where high school students from all over the city spend 6 weeks designing a robot to compete in the varsity sport […]

An Evening at the Theatre

Growing up on Long Island, a short train or car ride away from New York City, I was extremely lucky to live in close proximity to world-class cultural entertainment. I also had the privilege of being raised by my parents who were interested in exposing my sister and I to ballet, opera, and theater. Some […]

There’s a show tonight, do ya wanna go tonight?

In November the days get darker.

Your heart can begin to beat slower.

Your brain can spin downwards in spirals.

Find refuge at a late night punk rock show!

At least in my experience launching yourself into the pit can cure a general slowing down of things. Flailing your arms around and attempting to turn yourself into a human […]

Lions &Tigers, &Tonsillitis, oh my!

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s (1943, 1954) hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. -simplypsychology.org
My second month as a Challenge Detroit fellow involved lots of spooky October surprises, most notably falling very ill. While I am still in […]

Live Detroit: Growing with Brush Park

Brush Park is one of the neighborhoods closest to Detroit’s downtown revitalization boom, and it also happens to be where I live!

When I first got to Detroit last summer, I moved into the Bernard Ginsburg house in Brush Park. It is one of the few historical homes still standing in a neighborhood which was once […]