Curiosity        Confidence        Creativity

What's the Big Idea?


Many students have heard of Twitter but have never met an app developer. Big Idea Week is an "inspiration exchange" between students and business leaders—two groups that don't spend nearly enough time together. The program encourages students to see the world through the eyes of an entrepreneur—as problem solvers, risk takers and innovators—and builds curiosity, confidence and creativity by giving students the tools to bring their own ideas to life. 

With a focus on science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) as well as design, the program also builds essential critical thinking and presentation skills, and exposes students to new concepts and vocabulary. Going far beyond a typical “career day,” Big Idea Week leaves a lasting, positive impact on students, teachers and school culture.

Praise for Big Idea Week

The question we ask is how do we expand, deepen and enrich the lives of these children. Big Idea Week enables them to look at the world through new eyes. It gives them a sense of empowerment to make this world a better place.
— Roberta Davenport, Principal, PS 307
We worked as a team and accomplished something big.
— Daeshawn, 5th Grade Student
Big Idea Week was one of the highlights of the year for my students. The students have dreams but don’t always fully understand the true value they have to the world. Big Idea Week provided them with an outlet for creativity and hands-on learning that gave them a sense of dignity and a feeling of ‘I really CAN do what I want when I grow up.’ It will stay with my students for years to come.
— Matthew DiCarlo, 5th Grade Teacher
Big Idea Week was wonderful because we got to see that when you start out with something small, you can turn it into something big and wonderful that can help the world.
— Ashanti, 5th Grade Student