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Grand Circus Perks You Never Knew Existed

September 27, 2016

We love our students and want to support them in any way we can, creating the best possible experience for their learning. We find that extra perks make the experience that much better!

You don’t just get to hang out in Grand Circus’ cool space in downtown Detroit when you’re a bootcamp student. Even though that is a pretty sweet perk, there are a lot of other things that come with joining the Grand Circus community. When you’re here, you’re family – and this family likes discounts!

So what kind of perks do coding bootcamp students get?


How to Mingle (Not) Like a Five Year Old

July 27, 2016

One of my many roles at Grand Circus was Director of Marketing and Admissions. This meant it was my job to create ways for people to learn more about Grand Circus, our work and ultimately decide if a coding bootcamp was right for them. So about a year and a half ago, I started organizing Open Houses where Grand Circus staff and former students would answer questions, tour people around our space and introduce people to our community.

Here’s the thing that I noticed during these Open Houses: people are awkward—everyone, even staff at Grand Circus! (more…)

7 Fun Things to do in Detroit Before Summer Ends

June 29, 2016

There are so many fun things to do in Detroit. But where to start? The summer is my favorite time to get out on my bike and explore. Here are seven ideas to get you started. Trust me, there are a lot more!

Corktown Strut Festival

A music, art and food festival held in Detroit’s historic Corktown. The three-day festival will take place from July 1-3. Multiple venues in the neighborhood will host various DJs, bands, restaurants, tastings and more. Some sponsors include: Two James, Batch Brewing Co., and Tequila Cabresto.

Summertime Fun Things to do in Detroit

Photo Credit: Kyle Sammy


9 Books About Detroit That We Love

March 24, 2016

Detroit has a rich history filled with stories of challenge and triumph. There are so many brilliant individuals that have worked hard to make our city what it is today. In part 4 of our Detroit blog series, we’re highlighting some of our favorite narratives on Detroit and its history. These novels encompass firsthand experiences, historical reviews and some outspoken opinions from writers we love.

best Detroit books, stack of books

9 Books About Detroit That We Love


13 of the Best Detroit Restaurants and Bars

March 9, 2016

Burger from Detroit bar and restaurants

Detroit is filled with amazing eateries and bars. From Detroit classics, like the Coney Dog, to Southern Classics, like BBQ ribs, there’s something for every palate. It’s no secret that the Grand Circus crew loves food. Today we’re sharing some our recommendations on the best Detroit Restaurants and Bars. Check out our favorites and share some of your own!


5 things to know about moving to Detroit

March 2, 2016

So you’re thinking of moving to Detroit. You’ve heard about the low cost of living and growing downtown. Your uncle forwarded an article highlighting the surplus of tech jobs, but lack of talent in the region. The drought on the West Coast has made you realize living near freshwater is a must. You’re sick of living in the surrounding Metro Detroit suburbs and want to experience living in a real city.

Detroit River Sunset View

So let me clear this up before I share some advice. I am not a native Detroiter, though I am “one of those” who reps the city wherever I go. After living in Seattle, the Bay Area, Atlanta, Vietnam and New York City, I moved to Detroit five years ago in pursuit of love (my now husband) and an amazing job at a local education non-profit. I’ll admit, the transition was initially hard. I had to find a new social network, get used to driving again and acclimate to this midwest culture.

But after living through five winters, four glorious summers and making uncountable memories here in Detroit, I call Detroit my home. Still eyeing Detroit as the next city you’ll call home? Here’s some advice from someone who’s been in your shoes.


6 Reasons You Should Rent a Coworking Space in Detroit

February 25, 2016

The basic principles of coworking go way back. Centuries ago artists and writers participated in collectives that likely looked a lot like what we now call coworking. For the uninitiated, coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, yet independent activity. Unlike the typical office environment, a coworking space is generally shared by individuals from different organizations and professions.

Detroit coworking space at Grand Circus

A recent study estimates that by 2020, more than 40% of the American workforce, or 60 million people, will be independent workers. With this growing freelancer economy, a rise in dedicated coworking spaces makes sense. But what are the benefits and why should you consider renting a desk in a Detroit coworking space?


From Apps to Board Games: Useful Resources for Teaching Kids to Code

December 29, 2015

It’s never too soon to teach your kids to code! Introducing basic programming skills can be challenging if you yourself are new to coding. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources both online and off that parents can share with their kids to help them begin learning about programming. Learning to code won’t just benefit your child’s future, it will also teach them skills like problem solving, strategy, creativity, and cooperation that they can use right now. Plus, it’s fun! The following resources are for preschoolers through teens and they will all get your kids thinking about the type of logic used in coding and the basics of programming. So check out these resources to teach your kids to code!

Kids learning how to code


LEGO Mindstorms – This series of kits contains hardware and software to build customizable, programmable robots targeted at middle school aged kids but also popular with adults. Perhaps the first toys ever to teach kids programming basics. (more…)

Why Teachers Make Good Developers

November 24, 2015

Why Teachers Make Good DevelopersYou’d be wrong to think teachers and programmers lie on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to careers. In fact, many of the characteristics that make a teacher successful are also qualities needed to become a great web or software developer. Just ask the four former educators in our current Front-End Bootcamp. Here are four of our favorites:

They Love Learning.
Teachers are always looking for ways to (more…)