Every year, hundreds of educators, advocates and thought leaders from all over the world come together at Big Bang - Big Picture Learning's International Conference on Student-Centered Learning. There they convene with the most important component of authentic, student-centered learning: Students.
Students are always at the center of Big Bang. Not just in theory, but in practice. You see, we believe that in order to have discussions about the future of student-centered learning, it is essential that students themselves play a key role; not just as attendees, but as designers, presenters, and leaders.Thanks to the generous support of a number of sponsors, over 50 students were able to attend Big Bang 2016.
Our gathering mimics our key distinguishers:
Attendees travel the conference in advisories, allowing them to form close bonds with a core group of students, educators and advocates from across the world.
Much of the learning is conducted outside of the conference itself through deep-dive Leaving to Learn sessions. Attendees leave the confines of the conference center to learn through local community experiences. During Big Bang 2016, attendees learned from Disney Imagineers, displayed their problem solving skills in a local Escape Room, travelled to the Kennedy Space Center, and more!
We invite those passionate about student-centered learning—whether part of the Big Picture Learning network or not—to be part of the Big Bang experience. Register today for for Big Bang 2017, and make your voice part of the student-centered learning movement.
BIG BANG F.A.Q.
Are there a block of rooms available at a specific hotel, if so, what is the name of the hotel and what steps should I take to ensure we get those rooms? Yes we have a host hotel and special room rate for the conference: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch click here to make a reservation.
Should I plan airfare to a particular airport, if so, which airport? Yes, St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
Is there a hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel? There are a variety of transportation options from the airport to the hotel. Go Best Express is $25 one way and $45 round trip for one person. For two people traveling together, it’s $20 each one way and $38 each round trip.
Metro Link is $3.75 one way from Lambert St. Louis International Airport to downtown. For guests opting for Metro Link, the 8th and Pine Streets station is the closest (4 blocks) from the hotel.
Go Best Express says to allow 45 min from pick up to drop off. Metro Link takes approximately 30 – 40 minutes. Click here for more information.
What time does the conference start on July 25? There is an opening reception at 5:00 PM, so you should try to arrive by 4:00 PM
Is there a pre-conference strand being offered? Yes, the pre-conference will start at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 25, which will include lunch at 12 noon and end at 4:00 PM. For details see section below.
What time does the conference end on July 28? The conference ends at noon so you should plan on leaving at 2:00 PM or after.
Are any meals provided at the conference? Yes, breakfast is provided Wednesday through Friday, lunch is provided for Wednesday and Thursday (Tuesday if attending the pre-conference). Breaks are also provided in the morning and afternoon Wednesday through Friday morning.
What is the Big Bang Pre-Conference?
On Tuesday, July 25 we are offering a free pre-conference workshop, Implementing ImBlaze and Learning Big Picture at Your School. The intent of this workshop is to:
Wait… what is ImBlaze and Learning Big Picture?
ImBlaze is our new online system for curating and managing internships. It is designed to greatly improve the ease of curating a dataset of internships and provides an engaging environment for students to search for internships and contribute to your schools internship contacts. It also enable students to log attendance, Internship Coordinators to monitor compliance documents, and Advisors to track their students place-based learning.
Learning Big Picture is our online professional development platform that allows educators to get 'just in time' practical content. It enables staff to go through full course progression and for principals to coordinate staff development.
How much does the pre-conference workshop cost?
Registration for the pre-conference is free… Yes free for schools that are either in the current pilot, or are adding ImBlaze and Learning Big Picture for the 17/18 school year. Pre conference also includes lunch on July 25.
Who can sign up?
Schools that have added ImBlaze and Learning Big Picture to their upcoming school year BPL contract and schools in the pilot. If you would like to join the pre-conference and are not sure if you qualify, please talk to your BPL Coach or Regional Director.