Florida Middle School VexIQ Robotics Competition Judge
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History of her Art
Robotics Competition Judge
Ashley Diaz was born in Miami, Florida, to Hispanic parents on October 9, 1999. She lived in Miami Gardens, Wynwood, and then Hialeah. She used to be a competitive swimmer and later became a lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, where she teaches kids as well as adults how to swim. Ashley is currently attending Florida International University and studying computer engineering, hoping to get a Masters in Business Administration after her four years are completed. She is prone to be active and loves to explore the city that she lives so close to, with so much to discover she decided to take the Miami in Miami class offered at the Honors College in FIU taught by professor John William Bailly.
Interview with a Resident:
Photos by Emily Carrillo CC by 4.0
Lesly Garcia was born in a small town in Florida in the winter of 1999. An American to some, but a Hispanic too many. Coming from both lovely parents who were raised in Cuba to fight later to come to the state to build a better future for their daughter. Twenty-one years old and a senior at Florida International University. She is majoring in English with a Literature track and works at the FIU Engineering Center as a Proctor. As a hobby, she dances ballet in her spare time and dreams to one day be on Broadway dancing Giselle, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, etc.
INTERVIEW WITH RESIDENT
Melanie Rodriguez is a second-year, first-generation student at FIU’s Honors College pursuing a double major in English (Creative Writing) and Exceptional Student Education (Policy) with a certificate in Exile Studies. As a Global Learning Medallion student, Melanie is a part of FIU’s inaugural Millennium Fellowship cohort working to advance the United Nations’ 4th Sustainable Development Goal, Quality Education. Melanie currently works as Culture Shock Miami’s Program Coordinator at Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs and is also Tutorial Coordinator for FIU’s Student Support Services Program. In her spare time, Melanie is an editor and writes for Make Muse, a magazine and magazine agency based in New York that encourages “young womxn smashing societal standards.” Her goal is to enact social change by combining her passion for the arts with her dedication to activism and youth education.
Delineate, define, and describe the neighborhood you have selected. This section must include a map and original photographs by the student of the neighborhood. The student should describe both the urban and natural landscape.
Provide a thorough, researched, and cited history of the neighborhood.
List population and characterisitics of residents (age, gender, income level, cultural roots). Feature a bio and portrait of one resident that the student interviewed.
List and describe the museums, monuments, and historical landmarks of the neighborhood. Select three to highlight.
List and describe the green spaces and parks of the neighborhood.
Describe all modes of transportation within the neighborhood and what are the results of this.
Where are the best and authentic places to eat. Select three to highlight.
Describe and list a selection of unique businesses in the neighborhood. Do not list chains. Select three to highlight.
Assess the neighborhood. What works? What doesn’t?
This post is dedicated to Maria Cruz’s Ineffable Miami Project she had to complete for her Honors course in the Spring of 2020. Acting as a tour guide for the illustrious area of Calle Ocho these are her findings.
Maria Karla Cruz Velazquez is currently a senior at the Honors College at Florida International University majoring in International Relations and minoring in Marketing. Fresh from her study abroad trip she completed this past summer in France with Professor Bailly she is in the midst of completing her final year at FIU, greatly looking forward to graduating in the Spring of 2020. Her travels abroad have reignited her interests in the arts, inspiring her to pursue a career focused on the intercultural aspects of international relations through non-traditional forms. Through her academic and future professional endeavors she aims to bring a holistic awareness between arts, politics, and cultural dynamics of the global arena. While her studies are a major focus of her life, outside of school she loves traveling, new places to eat, and hanging out with her friends — all things that can be found in FIU’s Honors College new course Miami in Miami and are bound to make for an exciting semester.