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BIG BANG

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. Stay tuned for news about Big Bang 2018 - to be held in Atlanta. In the meantime, watch the short videos below to see what you missed, or what you experienced!

Big Bang 2017 kicks off with open air views of the St. Louis Arch, the annual Delfeayo Marsalis student music competition, and inspiring words from Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Joe Davis.

Big Bang 2017 attendees share their thoughts on the importance of this convening, and the importance of student-centered learning in general.

In partnership with Improv Everywhere, Big Bang 2017 attendees participated in the inaugural St. Louis MP3 Experience. No one is exactly sure who invited the torrential rainstorm, though!

We kick people out of Big Bang 2017 the only way we know how: student-led pick me ups, inspiring words from our keynote speaker Wendell Pierce, and a musical performance for the ages from the second-coming of Prince, Lakame.

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 30 students were able to attend Big Bang 2017. 

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 2017, attendees visited Cardinals Stadium, experienced the essence of the St. Louis Blues scene, displayed their problem solving skills in a local Escape Room, traveled to Ferguson to meet with the school superintendent, and more.