We are in 7th grade, in NW Illinois, & we have Genius Hour every week!

2014-2015 Projects Coming Soon!

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2013-2014 Projects


Arts / Music / Video:

* Annie is going to try to make a successful blog and possibly a YouTube channel.

* Ashley is going to take pictures every day in December, based on themes we found online.

* Ben is going to perfect League of Legends builds and be better at Riven.

* Charlie is going to make a huge Lego rocket.

* Colin is creating a blog teaching origami and magic.

* Connor is creating a parody of a song.

* Devin is going to build our school in MineCraft.

* Emma F. is going to make a movie.

* Erin is going to film how to make everyday things, and other crafty items.

* Grace is going to put basketball and volleyball drills on YouTube.

* Henry is creating a video game using Sploder.

* Izzy has taken the 30-day challenge to make her art based on themes classmates chose.
* Jessica is going to post more YouTube videos and try to reach her goal of 50,000 views by posting more covers of songs and music videos.

* Keatyn is making funny things in MineCraft - and building our school in it.

* Kyle is going to draw 30 different ideas.
* Laura is going to film how to make everyday things, and other crafty items.

* Michael B. is making videos of how to play video games. He will show how video games improve hand-eye coordination and reflexes.

* Nathan H. is going to perfect League of Legends builds or work on a tabletop game.

* Nick is going to learn how to do every flip there is on a trampoline.

* Rachel is going to take pictures every day in December, based on themes we found online.

* Rachelle is going to finish creating songs and start making videos.

* Sara is going to make a movie.

* Sydney is going to play "Clouds" by Zach Sobiech on different instruments and then make a video of herself playing the instruments.

* Tyler D. is going to make our school in MineCraft.

Reading:

* Aamani is going to continue reading...

* Cassy is going to continue reading...

* Christina H. is going to read - books that are more difficult for her.

* Clare is going to try to read 40 books (starting in December).

* Emma is going to continue reading...

* Jenny is going to continue reading...

* Michael P. is going to continue reading...
* Rhea is going to continue reading...
* Sam is going to read an entire series all the way through...


Research and/or Action:

* Alexa is going to try many DIY projects.

* Brendan is studying spelling so he can win the bee next year.

* Cate is going to run 5ks and 10ks and donate to charity.

* Christina R. is going to make a new food each week.
* Christopher is going to code in Java.
* Emily is going to figure out which gym shoe brand people like most for activities/sports and why. Then she'll test the shoes, and may create her own.
* Hannah J is going to research about Paris.

* Kaleb is going to research snowboarding tricks.

* Jack is researching weapons.

* Jake is going to research how to do flips on a trampoline, then try to do them.

* Joe is researching people who inspire him to work hard.

* Julia is going to film interviews, and research why sleep is important.

* Lauryn is going to figure out which gym shoe brand people like most for activities/sports and why. Then she'll test the shoes, and may create her own.

* Matt is going to make a website that has geocaching tips, our achievements, and our goals.

* Michael K. is going to research gaming and foxes.

* Michael P. is going to research the magnets in iPads and iPad covers... Could they really mess with pacemakers?

* Michelle is going to figure out which gym shoe brand people like most for activities/sports and why. Then she'll test the shoes, and may create her own.

* Mitch is going to research how to do flips on a trampoline, then try to do them.

* Rebecca is going to research Australia - food, culture, and more...

* Riley is researching arm care for pitchers.
* R.J. is researching how to prevent concussions. How do they occur? What can people do to treat prevent or them?

* Sean is going to research how to make your car faster and how to make your car speakers louder.

* Tyler F. is going to make a website that has geocaching tips, our achievements, and our goals.


Writing:

* Alex is writing a book.

* Alexis is writing a book.

* Claire is writing a book.

* Hanna P. is writing a book.
* May Joy is writing a book.
* Nathan H. & Tyler D. are collaborating on writing a book.
* Sydney is thinking of writing a book.

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2012-2013 Projects


Research & Action:
* Random Acts of Kindness!!! - includes a survey!
* photography - different lighting and displaying

Food:
* make different types of homemade frosting & make our own - This post OR this post
* create own homemade cupcake
* create rainbow desserts
* make own cupcake recipe learning from other recipes
* make a new recipe every week


Creating:
* how to make playdough
* Rube Goldberg project in Minecraft
* make a robot
* make roller skis
* create "Determination"-type posters
* make a styrofoam plane with a motor
* create a CD hovercraft and...?
* create a styrofoam airplane that can propel itself
* mix plants and make a new hybrid plant - This post OR this post
* glow-in-the-dark sock company - This post OR this post
* make a guinea pig play pen - This post OR this post
* make deuterium
* make an animated flip book
* design my own locker
* make a trebuchet
* balloon-propelled cars
* create a video game - this blog OR this blog OR this blog


Music:
* learn how to play the ukulele

Research:
* What makes us human?
* Where do the homeless in our community sleep? What do they do during the day?
* Stop the sequester
* What is in the school lunch food?
* Why is the Rubik's Cube so hard to solve?
* What's the importance of the Coast Guard?
* Why should kids stay in school?
* dogs
* the history of Golden Retrievers
* Which material is strongest against water? Brick, Plywood, or Vinyl?
* What weird things are we related to?
* Where would we be... if we were never born?
* Middle-Earth maps

Sports:
* make a half-court shot
* all about longboards
* all about the Kentucky Derby
* design a new shoe (and company)
* sports injuries... what they are, how to recover...
* Who is tougher - NFL, or NHL?
* creating a new sport

Previous Genius Hour Projects:
* car design