Thanksgiving at Big Ideas

This year, we’re thankful for our awesome team that works hard to promote skilled trade careers. Have a happy thanksgiving, from our table to yours!

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National Apprenticeship Week

What is National Apprenticeship Week? (source) NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. NAW is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven

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SWWC Career Expo

Here’s a glimpse into our time at the SWWC Career Expo in Marshall, MN! Our instructors connected with over 300 curious learners at this event! See more here:

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REO Plastics Tour

We had a great time visiting REO Plastics and touring their facility! We always love meeting people who believe in our mission and talking with them about how to build a better future for trade careers.

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Big Ideas and Kids Connection

We hosted the 4th – 6th graders again and had a blast! Their quick wit and great questions kept us on our toes. Thank you again for being engaged and interested in the activities we prepared. We are looking forward to your next visit!

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Instructors Needed!

Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire. –W.B. Yeats Are you proud of your work in the trades? Will you help us ignite the fire in the next generation of skilled tradespeople? Will you help us in our mission to Inform, Inspire and Connect curious learners ages 13+

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New AC paneling on the lab.

We’re getting our Mobile Learning Lab ready for a busy summer teaching kids about different trades! Today we’re thankful for our resident tradesmen, Ryan and Andy, for putting new AC paneling on the lab.

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Kids Connection with Big Ideas

We had an absolute blast with the kids from Kids Connection today! Thank you so much for visiting, for being respectful, and for helping each other when you could. It was very impressive to see such a cool group of kids! We are excited about your next visit!

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Steam Carnival!

BREAKING NEWS!! Big Ideas will be featured in the Steam Carnival at The National Center for Autonomous Technologies #ExperienceSTEAM event at The Mall of America, August 10th – 14th!! Follow the link to learn more: https://bigideasusa.org/experience-steam

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May Recap – Over 1,100 Learners

Wow! May was a busy month. We had 17 Mobile Learning Lab events all over Minnesota. A very special event was the SCC Car Show. We had a great time seeing all the cars and trucks and talking about all the work that goes into them. Our Mobile Lab was on site and we offered

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Class of 2022: Congratulations!

Class of 2022: Congratulations! Your last few years in school have had many challenges and you should be extremely proud of yourself that you overcame all of them on your path to graduation. This time of your life is a turning point. Some of you will move out of your childhood home and continue your

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Big Ideas goes to Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial

The Big Ideas Inc Trailer made its way to LCWM today! The trailer allows students to explore careers through virtual reality. Some of the careers include welding, heavy equipment operation and auto painting. Students are also able to explore over 25 other careers using virtual reality headsets! It is a great day to be a

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Mobile Lab at Farmamerica

We had an amazing time at Farmamerica – The Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center Over the course of 2 days we met with over 300 students to talk about how the skilled trades fit within agriculture. Thanks to all the staff, students and teachers who make this event fun, interesting and inspiring to so many!

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