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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+
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!
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
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
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
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!
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!
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 –
“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!”
This past Monday Big Ideas was grateful to receive a donation from Bank Midwest and their team in New Ulm. Thank you for supporting our mission!
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