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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Big Ideas in Mankato!

Students at East and West high schools got to visit the Big Ideas mobile learning lab. They experienced virtual welding, virtual reality, excavating, and painting. The experience showcased high-wage and in-demand careers in Trade and Industry. Always learning and growing!

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Big Ideas Mobile Learning Lab goes to Waseca

From the Waseca Public School Facebook Page: “Our ALC students are getting some virtual job experience! The “Big Ideas USA” (www.bigideasusa.org) trailer came to our Central Building and had wonderful staff on hand to help students learn to use virtual welding equipment, paint sprayers, and excavating trucks. What a cool experience for our kids –

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Big Ideas Trailer with Russell Tyler Ruthton FFA Chapter

“Big Ideas Mobile Learning Lab Big Ideas Inc brings a new way to explore in-demand, high skilled trades jobs with interactive experience. Over 120 RTR middle and high school students used fully immersive virtual reality systems to introduce welding, industrial painting, CAT excavator and and Oculus based career exploration system housing over 20 trades simulations!”

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Apprenticeships

When it comes to learning a trade skill, there are several options. Many skilled trades paths include an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are different from internships in several ways: 1) Most apprenticeships are between 1-3 years. 2) They are usually structured. 3) It includes a mentorship 4) Apprenticeships are paid positions! 5) They have an industry recognized

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Education Options

Do you know the education options for the trades industry here in Minnesota? The Minnesota State System has a great interactive site for the education options you are looking for: Click here

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Career Depth

Plumbing careers are available, from fixing leaky toilets to designing complex structural plumbing systems. If the assembly, installation, and repair of pipes that carry water, steam, air, or gases and installing heating and cooling equipment sounds interesting, this next part will WOW you. Minnesota Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters have an Annual Median Salary of $80,439.

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Big Ideas and CTE Open House

We want to thank everybody who came to visit the CTE Center’s Open House. Parents, teachers, students, and community members were able to see the CTE Center, and also see our Mobile Learning Lab in action! SouthPoint Financial donated $2,500!

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Breadth of Careers within Industry

When we think of trade skills, most of us think:’ plumbers, carpenters, welder’ and while that is correct, skilled trades cover a much broader range of careers.  Consider everything that goes into building a house. We see the carpenter that uses the nail gun, but we often do not see the person who engineers the

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