Iowa BIG is an initiative-based high school experience created by the community-building effort of The Gazette Companies and The Cedar Rapids Community School District. Two educators took the community’s core design principles and created Iowa BIG.
NewBoCo & Iowa BIG
NewBoCo hosts the Iowa BIG school in Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space. This places Iowa BIG’s students and teachers in the innovation hub of Cedar Rapids working side by side with entrepreneurs, artists, founders, developers, creatives, and designers. NewBoCo and Iowa BIG have collaborated on a number of initiatives through multiple NewBoCo programs.
Vault Coworking & Iowa BIG
Vault Coworking and Collaboration Space houses Iowa BIG, so students and Vaulters work side by side.
Iowa Startup Accelerator & Iowa BIG
Iowa BIG student George Elossais puts together a drone for GolfRz during the 2015 accelerator program. Elossais worked with the Iowa Startup Accelerator staff as a data systems intern, taught GolfRz about drone technology, and designed a slide deck for SwineTech.
NewBoCo K-12 Education & Iowa BIG
Three Iowa BIG teams competed in Rod Blum’s IA-01 Congressional App Challenge hosted by Imagination Iowa. Iowa BIG team HelpWe won the App Challenge.