startup http://iowapublicradio.org en Biomaterials to breathe new life into vacant Cryovac plant http://iowapublicradio.org/post/biomaterials-breathe-new-life-vacant-cryovac-plant <p>A young company from upstate New York, that manufactures packaging materials with agricultural waste is moving into an empty facility in Cedar Rapids. Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The old Cryovac building on the Southwest side of Cedar Rapids has been vacant for almost five years, ever since parent company Sealed Air closed the 250-person food packaging division. The announcement came&nbsp; about six months after the 2008 flood.</p><p>But now, new life is coming into the building—in the form of fungus.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:05:30 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 28514 at http://iowapublicradio.org Biomaterials to breathe new life into vacant Cryovac plant Big Ideas Group ties innovation, community in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/big-ideas-group-ties-innovation-community-cedar-rapids <p>A small group of teachers in Cedar Rapids is trying a new way to inspire students to learn, by getting them out of the classroom and working on projects with community mentors. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, the Big Ideas Group is wrapping up a summer pilot program, and will become an option for students across the district this Fall.</p><p>To get an idea of how this works, take 12th grader McKenna Cole, who—at a weekly meeting, explains to her fellow students why she’s working with a wastewater treatment plant to test how poplar trees can filter water.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 27040 at http://iowapublicradio.org Big Ideas Group ties innovation, community in Cedar Rapids