The BIG school believes that student work should be public for the following reasons:
Do you want more things for teens to do in the community? The Cedar Rapids Recreation Department needs teens to help them create events and/or programs to increase the number of activities that are available. These could be newly created activities, changes in current programming, and partnership activities. The ideas for this project are really endless, from developing a teen youth center, to a rec center, to a hip/cool place for teens to study.
Students will work in conjunction with The Ecoponics Group in North Africa to help design and test a prototype aquaponics system. Data will be collected on the efficiency and production of the system in the different climates experience in Iowa and Saharan Africa. Student will have contact with team in North Africa.
Students will be locating and serving local and ephemeral acts to record their events and performances. This group will provide keepsake and marketing purposes.
The City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department needs help with Bever Park Zoo! They are looking to improve marketing and branding, expand program offerings, and redesign the facility and spaces. This might also include evaluating the administration of the zoo and care of animals.
This project is to design and develop glow in the dark trees to replace street lamps and develop park space for nighttime use.
Jelinek Companies has and extensive collection of historic artifcates that tell the story of Cedar Rapids and its various neighborhoods. They need a complete inventory, grouping, and research in regards to historical elements in Parlor City, other properties, and acquisitions housed in storage spaces. There are stories that go with some of the artifacts and some stories yet to be discovered!
Students are working on affecting rules and legislation changes that will impact the public health, animal welfare, water quality, and land use stewardship. Specific emphasis on research and legislation regarding confinement animal operations. Bill and rules to be proposed for Iowa 2015 legislative sessions
This project would be to design and build new forms of kitchen utensils, whether it be "stissors" (a specific type of scissors for cutting meat into bite sized portions to children) to developing heated knives to cut cold butter or ice cream cake...the possibilities are endless.
Johnson Elementary school in CR is undergoing a redesign this year. In August 2015 they will open as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Magnet School. The District wants the school's look to reflect its new identity. This project involves discovering what the faculty, parents and students want; evaluating the building to determine what's possible, creating designs for the building, and preparing it for bids. The team will work closely with the architectural firm, Shive-Hattery, on this project. **Initial meetings with the District's Director of Buildings and Grounds, Rob Kleinsmith, and CFO Steve Graham must be made at the commencement of the project. David Dobson, Shive-Hattery is lead for this project.
The project lead is Anna Seydel. Her group's goal is to produce a myoelectric prosthetic hand that uses forearm impulses to drive a robotic prosthetic.
The purpose of this project is to develop a website that links high school job seekers with those in need of workers.
One BIG challenge that conservation professionals face is managing invasive plant species in our parks, preserves and natural areas. In addition to conservation there is a need to and develop and grow additional native prairie land. We would love a BIG solution for reaching the general public. How can we communicate the importance of managing invasives in a new and memorable way to people that may know nothing about Iowa plants? What are the ways people need to hear about this so that they feel like the information is valid, interesting and worthy of action? Should we use humor? Can we find an effective way to use social media? Do people need to visit sites to make a personal connection (i.e. guided hikes?) or could they be inspired by simply reading a dynamic blog, watching a funny video, reading engaging signage? What motivates people to take ownership, take action, teach others? With so little of Iowa's native ecosystems left (i.e. Iowa has less than 1/10th of one percent of tallgrass prairie) it is a tragedy that the few places that remain be degraded by invasives.
Expand BIG so that students all over the state and region can participate in this model. Includes training new students, teachers, admins, running marketing, etc..
Winter in CR needs help! There was a time anyone in CR could skate for free to release the winter blues. A number of community members would like to work with the city to reopen the Ellis Ice Rink. Lace 'Em Up!
This group is using spectrum analysis software to map out the "best" and "worst" seats in local venues. Group will be contact the managers and marketing agents for theaters and events centers.
A blog that traverses the space between science reality and science fiction. A heavy emphasis on economics and speculative research and prediction of costs and realization of technologies. #londonpredicts
EcoLips has many marketing activities and is looking for new ideas and exciting changes. You will work closely with their marketing director to share their story and market their products.
Create a medieval experience where participants learn the ins and outs of the culture so that they can use their knowledge at an event featuring period music, food, and events. No lights, no refrigerators, only candles and truncheons.
The purpose of this project is to get people within the community who are interested in teaching and creating music. Ideally this group would work to create new, better music venues, and would also involve teaching and preparing for public performance as a community group. Include creating after school music programs for people who don't have time in their school schedule.
The goal of this project is to allow local artists to be recognized and possibly paid for their art. While also providing a workshop space for potential artists. Can also be an opportunity to raise money for non-profit organizations.
Website linking student photographers with those in the community with professional photography needs.
This project will be developing a therapeutic animal center where people can visit to enjoy the company of animals, as well as having a staff that will take animals out to different places of need (schools at finals time, universities, stressful work times). Also study the effects of therapeutic animals on people in stressful environments. PIVOT - Cat Cafe - partner shelters and cafes to provide pet adoption days by providing animals on-site PIVOT 9/30 Psychological Pet Match Develop a matching system for pets and owners to be used by pet shops so people can make more informed decisions before purchasing a new pet for themselves. Help people save money by not buying the wrong animal, help pet shops provide better, more focuses service to their customers, and help the animals not be moved around to places where they just aren't a good match.
This project would be used to develop solar power throughout the corridor, whether that means developing solar powered roads and sidewalks, to building a solar farm, or moving one of the area schools to being fully solar powered.
The final result of this project will be a website or program which displays information about species and ecosystems in "layers" modeled off of layers in GIS systems. So far, we are working on adding a distribution layer and a classification layer.
This project is designed to follow and report on high school sports, by students, for students. Check into the guy that streams all of the Regina games, talk to KCRG 9.2 PIVOT 9/22/14 - Project is looking into producing valuable metric for recruiters of high school athletes, specifically basketball players, to more easily express the quality of a player.
This project is to create a sports documentary following what happens to scholarship athletes once their athletic career is finished.
In 2013: Student Kinzie Farmer is putting together a TED-style day of speakers, discussion, and learning centered around empowering women to understand the difference between genetic and sexist pressure affecting their ability to succeed in the professional world. Featuring Lisa Bluder, head coach of the Iowa Women's basketball team. See: KinzieFarmer.com This year, the project will pivot to explore the "terrible twenty's" - the time in young women's lives that they make major decisions. Success^SHE will delve into college admissions processes too.
Student team is designing, siting, planting, and creating a maintenance scheme for up to three urban orchards in Cedar Rapids.
How should urban storm water runoff be managed? Evaluate and analyze current drain situations in Cedar Rapids, inflow and infiltration, look at potential solutions like rain barrels/rain gardens, sustainability of current and future solutions, streetscape design, and help solve this problem! Potential solutions include developing prairie and marshland to serve as buffers to help manage storm water runoff. This can help the city to function more sustainably, prevent basement water back-ups and impact the aesthetics of the community. The area upriver from Seminole Valley Park needs to be investigated to plan for watershed management and potential irrigation. There are options for analysis, planning, and implementation. This would be a joint project with Cedar Rapids Parks and Linn County Conservation.
Investigate the feasibility and future of wireless power delivery.
The goal of this project is to explore the use of drones for assessing agricultural practices. Current focus is on limit the use of damaging nitrogen compounds as they run-off into the Mississippi basin.
Thank you for being interested in volunteering! Every project at BIG is combined effort of professional educators, enthusiastic students, and invested community players.
Past volunteers have helped in the following ways: