Imaginations soar when sixth graders dream up new projects to work on during Genius Hour.
Recently, the projects were on display in the Sandy Run Middle School lobby. The included concept sneakers, a laser challenge, and discovery of a new planet.
Students in Gary Hite’s social studies enrichment class let their imaginations soar, for one period a week, researching a topic of their choice. Hite said that the idea was inpired by Google, because they give their employees 20 percent of the work week to dedicate to a pet project.
“When people are able to use their energy on something that interests them, they are more productive with everything else they do,” Hite said. “Adults dictate what [students] learn. Here they can pick a topic they want.”
Projects ranged from the creation of a planet with three countries, complete with currency and a coat of arms to researching monopolies and their effect on the economy, to matching traits with different types of dogs.
Other creative ideas included Indonesian dance, and the history of nail polish.