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The Big Idea
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Our Programme

A Creative Programme to Think B!G

A Creative Programme to Think B!G

We think B!G picture and want the next generation to think even B!GGER. We want to equip the next generation with the creative mindset to tackle the biggest problems society faces. We collaborate with schools and Transition Year (TY) students to create, experiment, invent, take risks, make mistakes, have fun, and change the world. The best of the best work with us as judges and mentors, offering real-world advice directly to the students, sharing their knowledge and connecting students with their communities and the creative sector.
Leading Creative Experts from Ireland and Abroad

Leading Creative Experts from Ireland and Abroad

Our Transition Year programme has been developed by internationally award-winning creative experts. We have designed the content for all learning styles enabling a truly inclusive learning experience. Through our classes we embrace failure and exploration, encouraging students to develop resilience and curiosity. Informed by years of industry experience, we share how to use the creative process and specific creative tools for successful outcomes. Each week we explore one key creative tool and define how the students can use that tool directly on their B!G projects.
Empowering Creative Thinking in Students

Empowering Creative Thinking in Students

The 15-week programme is designed to use all key skills developed from Junior Cycle. Through two classes per week, it will complement the existing curriculum with the added benefits of a new and adaptable set of skills. Creative skills are applicable to a student's learning journey into Senior Cycle and beyond. Our unique programme has been curated through a passionate belief in the power of creativity to affect massive positive change. We believe this life skill will empower a generation to change their world!
Presentation De La Salle College - Co.Carlow

Presentation De La Salle College - Co.Carlow

A caring and welcoming school that promotes ambition and achievement for all their members. Their staff are dedicated to progressing the unique talents and abilities of students and are committed to teaching and learning that allows for academic excellence and the development of the whole person.
St. Leo's College - Co. Carlow

St. Leo's College - Co. Carlow

St. Leo's College is a dynamic centre of Excellence in Education where all students are encouraged to achieve to their full potential and to become active citizens who will excel in their personal and academic lives. St. Leo's College embraces the principles of inclusiveness, equality of access and participation, parental choice in respect of enrolment and a respect for diversity of traditions, values, beliefs languages and ways of life.
Borris Vocational School - Co. Carlow

Borris Vocational School - Co. Carlow

Borris Vocational School's mission is to create a caring, inclusive environment where each individual is encouraged to develop a sense of honesty, tolerance and responsibility and in which everybody acquires self-confidence to achieve his or her full potential.
Desmond College - Co. Limerick

Desmond College - Co. Limerick

Desmond College strive to support and encourage each individual within the school community to reach his/her full potential in a caring environment. Each student is encouraged to participate to the fullest possible extent in the social, physical and cultural activities of the school, so that, on completion of his/her formal second level education, he/she may emerge as a self-disciplined, responsible and well adjusted citizen, capable of playing an active and positive role in modern society.
Laurel Hill Secondary - Co. Limerick

Laurel Hill Secondary - Co. Limerick

The school dates back to 1844. Their love of sport, language, music and outstanding academic achievement, is fostered by a committed and talented staff. They continue to build on the values of companionship, respect and justice and work together to create an educational community that reflects these values. They strive for each student to be happy and secure and to reach their potential in a caring and co-operative community.
Coláiste Chiaráin - Co. Limerick

Coláiste Chiaráin - Co. Limerick

A forward-looking school with a reputation for innovation and academic excellence. At Coláiste Chiaráin, they offer the most comprehensive curriculum and subject choices. They are also committed to providing the very best sporting, cultural and co-curricular learning opportunities for all. Coláiste Chiaráin prides themselves on being a vibrant and ambitious learning community, where everyone is valued and has a part to play.
Coláiste Mhichíl - Co. Limerick

Coláiste Mhichíl - Co. Limerick

Coláiste Mhichíl is a Christian Brothers secondary school located in Limerick City. The main aim of the school is to create a challenging learning environment, to facilitate the all-round education of our students to the highest spiritual, moral and academic standard, and to prepare them for life itself.
St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School - Co. Clare

St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School - Co. Clare

St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School is committed to excellence. They provide equality of opportunity for all students in a disciplined and caring environment. They encourage individual students to achieve their full potential and to relate positively to one another and to the community in which they live.

The Prizes


Medals for each team category winner



THE B!G iDEA trophy for overall B!G iDEA



Creative teacher of the year awards


Judges



Lorna Ross

Chief Innovation Officer


Dermot Bannon

Architect and Author


Nikita Chong

Software Development Manager


Timi Ogunyemi

Photographer and 'Retired' blogger


Róisín Lafferty

Creative Director


Diarmuid Gavin

Garden Designer

Benefits


Divergent Thinking

Creativity naturally promotes divergent and transversal thinking by connecting learning and experiences across the curriculum and beyond the classroom. The ability to think creatively is a valuable life skill, applicable to all professions, even those not yet invented!



Innovative Mindset

Thinking critically and creatively is at the start of any innovation. Every advancement known to mankind started with a new idea, a new perspective. New ideas are inspired by curiosity, imagination and creativity.



Collaboration

Creativity cultivates collaboration and inclusion. It fosters a sense of connection within teams to learn from each other and to share experiences. Creativity is an active process and promotes a sense of togetherness.



Empathy

Understanding how an issue affects individuals or communities is an integral part of the creative process. This requires us to imagine a situation from different points of view and develop empathy as we create solutions to meet the needs of others.



Future forward

Having the ability to visualise solutions that do not even exist yet allows you to think B!G. The creative process advocates for exploration without boundaries, balanced with the practical ability and know how to provide the needed solutions.



Positive Mental Health

When we are creative we are challenging ourselves, challenging our assumptions and immersing ourselves in a creative journey. All of which support positive mental health through feelings of connectedness and purpose.



Inquiry

Creativity asks us to be inquisitive, to question the status quo and to explore new and better ways to do things. In learning how to question and to work creatively through a problem we are developing essential and adaptable life skills.



Communication

Creativity is inherently multidisciplinary, allowing you to communicate your creative thinking through different mediums; Visual, written, story telling, conversation, presentations - the important part is to communicate the why!



Resilience

Creativity celebrates safe failure, it gives us the chance to learn from mistakes, understand them and develop better outcomes. Creativity builds courage, persistence, resilience and the confidence to take on B!G challenges.


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