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🎮More impressive than Mario Kart

Students using the 3D printers at FIU's Miami Beach Urban Studios on Lincoln Road.
(📸: Constanza Gallardo/WhereBy.Us)


The future of urban ideas are being developed on Lincoln Road — by high school students.

Growlight, now in its third year, is a four-week summer camp offering Miami-Dade students a chance to expand their STEM learning with 3D printed designs and innovative urban ideas.

The camp is held at FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios on Lincoln Road, where students experience the area’s diverse history while learning design software that will help them develop a professional portfolio, as well as a final project that’s presented at Miami Beach City Hall.

Check out what these high school students are designing on Lincoln Road.

This sure makes our summers at home playing Mario Kart seem a little less impressive.

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Not getting five stars. Whether it’s a late driver or an unexpected surge price, we all know that using Uber isn’t always perfect. But a new “vomit fraud” scheme is taking bad trips to a costly new level. Drivers are falsely reporting passengers for throwing up in their cars and some riders, including some in Miami, have been scammed into paying up to $150 more for the bogus barf reports. (Miami Herald)

A Post-Parkland push? New voters in Florida are getting younger, and it has a lot to do with the organizing efforts of the March for our Lives movement after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. Voters ranging from 18 to 29 make up more than 26 percent of newly registered voters in Florida, according to data from TargetSmart. And when looking at 38 other states (the states where public voting registration data was available), Florida ranks sixth in new registered voters in the 18 to 29 range. (WLRN)

Taking a stand. Two undocumented immigrants who were arrested earlier this year are currently in federal immigration detention – even though they paid bail for their arrests. Now they’re suing Miami-Dade County. Their lawsuit, filed in federal court Monday – along with immigrant rights groups WeCount! and the Florida Immigrant Coalition, and Community Justice Project – calls for the county to reverse its decision to end its “sanctuary” status that protected immigrants from being detained by the feds if they were arrested on unrelated local charges. They’re also claiming that the additional detainment is a violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. You can read the complaint here. (Miami Herald)

The future is now. In an effort to ease traffic gridlock on US-1, the county is trying out a system that will use cameras and sensors to determine traffic light patterns. Over an eight-mile stretch, from Southwest 98th Street to I-95, the new system will extend green or red lights to keep traffic moving or to stop cars from clogging up already busy intersections. County officials hope to expand the technology to every intersection in the county over the next five years. Now if only we could find some system to convince the driver in front of you to stop scrolling through Instagram. (Miami Herald)

A lasting legacy. The tragic death of Sweet Liberty owner John Lermayer earlier this year lead to numerous tributes from Miami’s hospitality scene. This past weekend, toasts to the late, great bartender extended beyond the 305 as he was posthumously honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation in New Orleans. And an additional sign of his influence and impact? Sweet Liberty won two awards at the same ceremony. (Miami New Times)

An extended pit stop. Downtown Miami won’t play host to the Formula One Grand Prix … at least not next year. The race was set for October 2019 but the City of Miami commission likely wouldn’t have made a decision in time for Formula One to plan out the race. A vote on the Grand Prix was supposed to happen earlier this month but was delayed because of contract issues, uncertainty about the route, and a lot of opposition from downtown residents over noise and traffic. (Miami Herald)

Our Partner Events

🍰Tomorrow: Make your own sweets with La Romi Bakery (Wynwood)

🗣Thursday: Ask a dietician all your questions about sugar (Allapattah)

🇳🇬Thursday August 2: Hit up PAMM’s free community night with Nigerian Filmmaker, Andrew Dosunmu. (Downtown)

💡Saturday August 4: Watch all of the lights in an illuminated parade at Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)

Around Town

💵 Learn how to build a billion dollar empire (Downtown)

📚Learn more about the Reading Corps program (Overtown)

🎸Catch The Smashing Pumpkins at the AAA (Downtown)

🎙 Welcome the makers of the #InnovationCity podcast to the 305 (Allapattah)

🎥Watch “Matilda” for free as part of the Roald Dahl film series (Miami Shores)

🗳 Quiz the D-27 congressional candidates (Downtown)

🎨Jam to some music, drink and paint with Art Box (Doral)

🗣Discuss building on the momentum of the #MeToo movement (Liberty City)

🎥 Watch “Coco” under the stars at The Barnacle (Coconut Grove)

🎷Catch jazz musician Ed Calle on the MOCA plaza (North Miami)

🚴 Ride with Critical Mass in honor of those lost to drunk and distracted driving (Downtown)

🌃 Enjoy a soirée under the full moon (Brickell)
🌕 Meditate on the beach under the full moon (South Beach)

🎥Watch a screening of “The Golden Dream” at MOCA (North Miami)

🗒Learn about Downtown’s history by sketching historic spots (Downtown)

🎤Rock with Uma Salera at Homegrown Saturdays (South Miami)

🎵Browse the Miami Record Fair (Wynwood)

🌴Jam in a tropical paradise (South Beach)

🎸Catch a Beatles tribute show at Bar Nancy (Little Havana)

🎦Jump “Back to the Future” at the Gables Art Cinema (Coral Gables)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.


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