Genius Hour Ideas Page

Pre-Genius Hour Research Survey

Websites for Students to Explore

Make a Digital Tutorial video with Screencast-o-matic  

30-Day Challenge – http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days

37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

100 Happy Days – http://100happydays.com/

507 Mechanical Movements

Animation and Stop Motion – Resources Here

Arduino (must purchase kit/parts) – http://arduino.cc/

Coursera (MOOCs) – https://www.coursera.org/

Craftsy.com – http://www.craftsy.com/ (need email sign up)

Curiosity.com – https://curiosity.com/

Digital Photography – Challenges Here

Digital Video – Challenges Here

DIY – https://diy.org/

DIY Science & Math – http://howtosmile.org/

Educational YouTube Channels – http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/64556/10-educational-youtube-channels-kids

The Fun Theory – http://www.thefuntheory.com/

Game Making :

  • Gamestar Mechanic – “Gamestar Mechanic uses fun, game-based quests and courses to help you learn game design and make your own video games!”
  • Sploder – Arcade Creator,Platformer Creator, Physics Creator, Graphics Editor, Classic Creator; 3d Adventure Creator
  • Kodu – “Build Games. Play Games. Share Games.”
  • Scratch – “Create stories, games, and animations. Share with others around the world.”
  • GameMaker: Studio – “GameMaker: Studio caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally, allowing them to create cross-platform games in record time and at a fraction of the cost!”

Resources & How-To’s

GeoSettr – http://geosettr.com/

Give It 100 Challenge – https://giveit100.com/

Gratitude Challenge

Innovation Challenges – See them here

Instructables – http://www.instructables.com/

Jewelry Making – Tools/Ideas Here

Know More in 60 Seconds – http://www.knowmoreinsixtyseconds.com/#/

Laser Reflection – Practice Here before trying in 3D

Learn Guitar – Resources Here

Legos – LegoMaster Challenges

Made With Code – https://www.madewithcode.com/

Photo-A-Day Challenge – http://fatmumslim.com.au/photo-a-day-challenge-lists-see-them-all-here/

Podcasting – Challenges Here

Programming – Resources Here

Quirky – https://www.quirky.com/

Shadow Sculptures – http://www.thisismarvelous.com/i/4-Amazing-Shadow-Sculptures-by-Tim-Noble-and-Sue-Webster

Sodaplay – http://sodaplay.com/

Snapguide DIY – http://snapguide.com/

Spoken Word/Poetry – http://www.poetrysoup.com/

tackk Genius Hour Activities / Challenges – https://tackk.com/bsmsgeniushour

Teach Yourself Anything – http://www.webdistortion.com/2011/10/02/60-educational-resources/

The Kid Should See This – http://thekidshouldseethis.com/

The Tinkering Studio (must purchase a kit) – http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/projects

TinkerLab – http://tinkerlab.com/welcome-tinkerlab-makers/

Wonderopolis – http://wonderopolis.org/

 

Introduce children to new programs and tools to spur their interest:

  1. Scratch
  2. Raspberry pi
  3. Squishy circuits
  4. LEGO Mindstorm
  5. Sploder