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BTN LiveBIG: University of Iowa introducing girls to STEM

It’s an antiquated notion: Young boys should play with slingshots, bottle rockets, telescopes and other things that prepare them for an adulthood spent thinking, tinkering and experimenting, while girls should play with dolls, E-Z Bake ovens and similar toys that get them ready for a lifetime of domestic service.

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BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State living big on and off the football field

Ohio State will be representing the Big Ten Conference tonight when the Buckeyes take on the Oregon Ducks in the long-anticipated College Football Playoff Championship Game. The team overcame key injuries throughout this season and finished strong to get into the first-ever college football playoff, and surprised many — including experts writing for this site — with its 42-35 victory over top-ranked Alabama in the first-round game on New Year’s Day.

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BTN LiveBIG: Indiana, NFLPA partner to give football players a second career

Decades ago, before there were collective bargaining agreements, television rights mega-deals and a galaxy of corporate sponsorships, players in the National Football League worked in other vocations during the offseason. Auto dealerships, real estate offices, corporate jobs — they went wherever they could leverage name recognition (even just a little bit) and make a buck for the half a year they weren’t playing football. And if they were lucky, those part-time gigs turned into full-time jobs when their playing days ended.

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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan State retiree takes a hike

During his upcoming 3,100-mile hike over the entire length of the Continental Divide U.S. Scenic Trail, Ken Dawson will make his way across five states and up peaks that go as high as 14,270 feet. The journey should take about five months — that is, if he keeps up his goal of maintaining a grueling 20 mile-a-day pace.

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