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Creating A Community of Education Stakeholders

Big Idea Week started with a clear challenge: create a program that would build a bridge between Brooklyn, NY startups and a local elementary school. The program brings schools together with mentors from tech companies who work with students on a problem-solving project over the course of a week. Big Idea Week has grown since 2013, guided by the mission of connecting communities to light the imagination of students and inspiring them to be the next generation makers and doers. In 2016, 19 schools joined 72 volunteer mentors to reach nearly 1,500 students. We'll explore how Big Idea Week has become a model of project-based learning, engaging the community to teach students about STEM careers.

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  1. The community can act as stakeholders in the education of local students, offering a real world connection to school subjects - especially STEM.
  2. The tech industry is eager to play a role in inspiring students and introducing them to new careers and verticals of success.
  3. Educators & companies can model the principals of Big Idea Week to connect their own communities to impact students



Molly Cronin, Community & Partnerships Mgr, Flocabulary

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