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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National Kid Inventor Day

The future belongs to the youth. Our goal is to engage curious minds of all ages. Did you know kids invented (or at least thought of) these items: Swimming flippers, popsicles, earmuffs, the braille system, trampolines, water skiing, and snowmobiles just to name a few.  If your child shows passion for hands-on learning, visit bigideasusa.org/students

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Blue Collar White Collar

The terms blue-collar and white-collar appeared first in 1920 to distinguish workers based on the color of the shirts they wore  White-collar jobs are more corporate and managerial, while blue-collar jobs are often non-management but actual physical labor type of jobs  There is purple, yellow, and pink collars as well. 

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Technology Day with Big Ideas!

National Technology Day on January 6th recognizes how technology changes the world and looks to the future of technology. With Big Ideas, Inc we understand the importance of technology. During the pandemic, we shifted our model from in-person classes to Virtual Reality and augmented reality training. The idea became so popular that we decided to take

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2021 Recap

WOW, what a year 2021 was! 2021 was another year filled with ups and downs for everyone. It was no exception for us at Big Ideas. We started the year with in-person classes. We had a few successful months, then we decided to take learning down a different path… We started adapting the last technology into

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What are skilled trades?

Skilled trades are not just plumber cracks and Albert Einstein hair, there are so many different career opportunities. All though skilled trades are defined as “any occupation that requires a particular skill set, knowledge, or ability” there is opportunities from the back office to the job site that are hourly and salaried positions that can support you and your family. There are ten career pathways within plumbing

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