Soledad Poetry Project in the News!

The Big Brain Club is thrilled to announce our first-ever California school partner: Soledad High School, in Monterey County! The students at Soledad have been working on a Student Publishing project since last fall, and their book will be available in a few short months. What makes this book so unique, however, is that for the first time ever the book is made up entirely of poetry. No short stories, no essays . . . just poetry! Last month, writer Sam Tidwell visited Soledad High School to talk with students... Read More

Meet Your New Favorite Teenaged Scientist

Peyton Robertson has a lot on his mind. The 13 year-old Florida native has a knack for identifying real-world problems and crafting clever solutions. He’s got three patents pending, including retractable training wheels for bicycles and a case that maintains a golf ball’s resting temperature. But it was another of Peyton’s inventions, a ‘sandless operational sandbag’ that helps address dangerous flooding near his Fort Lauderdale home, that netted him first place in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2013. His prize? $25,000, a trip to Costa Rica, and... Read More

Get a Great Deal on Dinner at Maggiano’s!

The Big Brain Club is thrilled to announce that we’re kicking off our popular Food For Thought program in 2015 with Maggiano’s Little Italy! Here’s the deal, courtesy of Maggiano’s, Colorado’s Best and Mix 100: You get two delicious four-course meals — including appetizer, salads, pasta and entrees, AND dessert — all for just $59 per couple! Choose from classic favorites like Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia, Spaghetti, Crispy Zucchini Fritte, Chicken Parmesan, and Tiramisu — among many others! PLUS, you get bonus servings of pasta to take home for lunch tomorrow! In... Read More

The Collaborative Classroom

Our longtime partners at Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, Colo.) are no strangers to innovation. They were our first Student Publishing partner, they are a nationally-recognized Intel School of Distinction and a SMART Showcase School, and they offer several dozen student enrichment programs (ranging from a flight simulator to 3D Design to History of Rock ‘n Roll). But this year, the teachers and administrators at Preston got really creative when they expanded a single math classroom to include 60 students, 10 SMART Boards, and two full-time teachers. It’s called the Collaborative... Read More

Be a Better Writer: 4 TED-Ed Videos

“There are three rules for writing a novel,” said W. Somerset Maugham. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Funny guy, that Maugham. And while he’s right that there are no official, absolute rules for writing, there are plenty of helpful guidelines to be found. (We really like Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Good Writing and Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers, among others.) When it comes to visual writing lessons, the folks at TED-Ed have done a magnificent job pulling together some really helpful videos for writers of... Read More

BBC at Barnes & Noble!

Over the years, few organizations have been as supportive of The Big Brain Club as Barnes & Noble. They’ve hosted book fairs and public events of all kinds, including our Get Your Nerd On Day with Buzz Aldrin last summer. Well, the trend continues. Starting this Saturday, December 13, anything purchased at any Barnes & Noble store or online using this special Big Brain Club voucher (see below) will mean more money to support our school programs. → BBC Voucher ← It’s really simple. Just use this voucher when you make... Read More

GYNOD: I’m Nerdy About Nutrition!

The Big Brain Club is proud to partner with King Soopers, The Little Clinic, and The University of Colorado to present our latest Get Your Nerd On Day: I’m Nerdy About Nutrition, this Saturday, October 11! This FREE event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the King Soopers store at 7575 S. University Blvd in Centennial (Dry Creek and University). Stop by to learn all sorts of cool stuff about ‘brain healthy’ foods, and to receive tasty samples, free giveaways, and a $5 store credit! For... Read More

Get a Smart Deal on Dinner at La Sandia!

Beyond our powerful in-school programs and fun-filled Get Your Nerd On Day events, one of The Big Brain Club’s most popular offerings has been the Food For Thought program. If you aren’t familiar, here’s the gist: we partner with popular Denver-area restaurants to offer you great deals on great meals — with proceeds benefiting our school programs. Everybody wins! Well, we’re thrilled to announce that our current Food For Thought partner is La Sandia — one of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s rapidly-growing Denver hotspots. Sandoval is internationally recognized as the... Read More

Student Spotlight: Emma Eagen

Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Big Brain Club student Emma Eagen is one of those special people who inspire others to do and dream more through her kindness and compassion. She makes others hear and see. Her exemplary work habits provide her with the skills to excel and be successful in school — but also outside of school. She is a tremendously diligent and conscientious student who exemplifies all the qualities of a kind, compassionate, and considerate... Read More

Malcolm Mitchell Gets His Nerd On

One of the central themes of The Big Brain Club is that you don’t have to choose between being smart and being cool . . . you can do both. The labels that kids sometimes slap on each other — jock, nerd, etc. — are, at best, interchangeable. In most cases they’re just silly. Take, for instance, Malcolm Mitchell. He’s a star football player at one of the biggest college powerhouses in the country, The University of Georgia. Coming out of Valdosta High School just a few years ago, he... Read More