This Week at BIG


Customer discovery at NewBo Market. It is challenging to speak with people you’ve never met!

As school settles into a routine, we get many questions about the work of BIG students. What have our students been engaging in these last few weeks?

Right now we have thirty-two active projects, with community partners like the City of Cedar Rapids, EcoLips, Linn County Conservation, and Cedar Rapids Schools. Our students work in teams on projects like Making BIG Bigger and evaluating the Cedar River to control urban runoff. Others have been learning math and physics through their work with aquaponics. Others still are meeting with community members to investigate activities for teenagers and the revival of the Ellis Ice Rink.


Students and staff work as a team to challenge each other and create new solutions.

All of this investigation and learning is threaded with support from teaching staff for writing business emails, cold calling to set up appointments, and the best methods for locating quality research, in addition to instruction in a wide range of content areas. Team meetings are scheduled throughout the day, some beginning at 7:30 am and others at 4 pm. Our days at BIG continue to be challenging, innovative, and anything but routine!

Read Me!

Welcome to your first day of non-compulsory attendance!

You should be schedule your meetings with your groups. This process will not be super smooth; that’s ok.

ALSO! When you schedule a meeting, you must let know, so that we can put the meeting on our master calendar!

Iowa Lt. Governor Visits BIG


IMG_0349Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds spent some time visiting with BIG students and staff this summer. This is the second time she has been in Cedar Rapids to be a part of the work of BIG. The first time was last spring for student Kinzie Farmer’s project, SuccessSHE!

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BIG Ribbon Cutting!

We are so proud to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Cedar Rapids Community School District and the College Community School District!

Each district will be providing 1.5 FTE and support funding to continue the Iowa BIG vision; a school owned by no one serving families in eastern Iowa who are looking for a project-based and community-focused high school experience.

Comments from the presidents of Kirkwood and COE college about the Iowa BIG model.