This product is a fantastic way to get started with Genius Hour in the classroom. Genius hour is an initiative based off Google’s 20% time program, where some of their employees get to spend 20% of their paid work time on a passion project as long as it has the potential to turn into a product for the company. Students are challenged to come up with a problem in the world that they would like to solve, research and come up with an innovative solution to that problem and share it with the class and the world. At the end of their genius hour experience, students will have something to show for their efforts, whether that be a physical product prototype, a written report, a video, or any other way to present their learning. The key to a good genius hour project is PASSION, if the student is passionate about the problem and their idea, then there is no telling where it could go!
A good length of time to spend on genius hour is approximately 1-2 hours per week for a whole term, this could be done in just one term, or it could be done multiple times throughout the school year. Stay tuned to my store for an “Introduction to Genius Hour” lesson plan to help you get started with using genius hour and project-based learning in the classroom.
By the end of this project students will be able to do some or all of the following:
→ Generate a range of design ideas
→ Evaluate the effectiveness of an engineered product
→ Explore & test materials for suitability
→ Negotiate criteria for success
→ Identify properties of materials needed for designed solution
→ Explore factors influencing design decisions
→ Visualise design ideas using different types of drawing
→ Sequence steps to produce designed outcome
→ Manage time & resource allocation throughout production process
→ Evaluating, revising & selecting design ideas based on criteria for success, sustainability, ethics & social values
→ Demonstrate safe & responsible work practices
In this resource:
→ Exit slip to use after each genius hour session
→ Graphic organiser for research sources
→ Project map for self tracking of project steps
→ Brainstorming worksheet
→ Project proposal form
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