The Rapidian


"Unplugged Wednesdays" connects Club members without a power cord

Submitted 07-20-2011 under NONPROFITS

This May, the Steil Boys & Girls Club decided to power down, literally. Staff members launched “Unplugged Wednesdays” after noticing one day that youth were flocking to tv, computers, and video games.


New feature: neighborhood drill down!

Submitted 06-30-2011 under OPINION

A brief overview of one of The Rapidian's newest features: NEIGHBORHOODS. Rapidan reporters, help us tag your ariticle archive with neighborhood level data!


Catalyst Radio: GR Web Dev brings together techies of all persuasions

Submitted 06-24-2011 under NONPROFITS

Drawing in upwards of 70 attendees each month, GR Web Dev is a general user group that attracts developers, designers that range from beginners to tech aficionados.


Grand Rapids area grade schoolers help prove how Native Americans made maple sugar

Submitted 06-23-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Students at Blandford and Goodwillie grade schools help a research team to figure out the historically accurate way that Native Americans may have made maple sugar from tree sap.


Catalyst Radio: Look up to find planets, galaxies and satellites in the night sky

Submitted 06-17-2011 under NONPROFITS

Night owls fit right in with the GR Amateur Astronomical Association. As stewards of the Veen Observatory, they share the beauty of astronomy during public nights and take to the streets in...


Encore Workshop to Connect Experienced Adults with New Skills-based Opportunities

Submitted 05-24-2011 under NONPROFITS

Workshop to Connect Boomers with Skills-based Volunteer Opportunities


Spreading the News

Submitted 05-24-2011 under OPINION

Along with community reporters, the Rapidian counts on community to distribute community news and information.


Catalyst Radio: Summer media camps for teens to produce music videos and modern take on Aesop's Fables

Submitted 05-20-2011 under NONPROFITS

[VIDEO + AUDIO] The CMC's own Gretchen Vinnedge and Lynn McKeown of the education department share all the cool summer camps they have planned for teens.


Make Magazine editor convenes brief town hall meeting among makers

Submitted 04-26-2011 under NEWS

Placed symbolically on each table in the GRid70 cafewas a board game around which 25 people gathered to hear Dale Dougherty share the history of Make Magazine and the eminent Maker Faire.


David LaGrand: Harnessing the sun

Submitted 04-13-2011 under NONPROFITS

After doing current research, I realized that solar power had had recent massive shifts in costs and efficiency that suddenly made solar power more attractive.