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50 Ideas for Genius Hour

50 Ideas for Genius Hour

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We love genius hour! Genius hour is where you allocate 1 hour of classroom time each week for student-led projects. The beauty of this time is that not only that this can very be much time that student’s look forward to, it also can be a chance for you to identify hidden student skills or develop their skills further! Embedding genius hour into your weekly class schedule can be highly rewarding, however sometimes the challenge can be in providing stimulus to kickstart the ideas flowing. So with this in mind, here’s a list of ideas that you can give your students!

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Genius Hour Ideas for Students

  1. Create a podcast
  2. Teach a younger student a skill
  3. Build a website using WordPressWix or Squarespace
  4. Film a science experiment
  5. Make cartoon using Toony Tool
  6. Build a Rube Goldberg machine
  7. Learn to code using Scratch
  8. Create a 3D model and print it
  9. Make your own avatar with Bitmoji
  10. Create a clay motion video
  11. Begin a plant collection
  12. Create a science toy
  13. Raise money for charity
  14. Plant a garden
  15. Make a science song
  16. Create a YouTube channel
  17. Write a poem
  18. Create a science cookery book
  19. Investigate different careers
  20. Write a book
  21. Learn how to use a green screen
  22. Link with another school for a shared project
  23. Build a water-powered rocket
  24. Grow crystals
  25. Watch a student TED talk
  26. Paint a picture
  27. Skype a scientist
  28. Make a simple motor
  29. Pull apart a mechanical device and then put it back together.
  30. Learn a new language
  31. Make a birdhouse
  32. Make an app
  33. Solve a school issue
  34. Invent something new!
  35. Join a citizen science project
  36. Learn photography
  37. Create an exercise plan
  38. Form a student forum or club
  39. Learn morse code
  40. Learn about local history from an elder
  41. Identify birds in your area
  42. Write a blog article
  43. Make a science poster
  44. Make a sculpture
  45. Build a boat
  46. Design a solar oven
  47. Interview a teacher or local leader
  48. Design a flag
  49. Explore virtual or augmented reality
  50. Create graphic designs with Canva

Some thoughts for students to consider

These ideas and investigations are just a starting point!

  • Is there any current research happening now that you’d like to learn more about?
  • What has been happening in your school?
  • What has been happening beyond your school?
  • What has made you say “Wow?” recently?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for materials & support
  • Have fun with this, genius hour is your time!

So, what are you waiting for? Have fun and start building new skills!

Happy teaching

Ben Newsome CF

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