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 –

37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

100 Happy Days –

507 Mechanical Movements

Animation and Stop Motion – Resources Here

Arduino (must purchase kit/parts) –

Coursera (MOOCs) – – (need email sign up) –

Digital Photography – Challenges Here

Digital Video – Challenges Here


DIY Science & Math –

Educational YouTube Channels –

The Fun Theory –

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 –

Give It 100 Challenge –

Gratitude Challenge

Innovation Challenges – See them here

Instructables –

Jewelry Making – Tools/Ideas Here

Know More in 60 Seconds –

Laser Reflection – Practice Here before trying in 3D

Learn Guitar – Resources Here

Legos – LegoMaster Challenges

Made With Code –

Photo-A-Day Challenge –

Podcasting – Challenges Here

Programming – Resources Here

Quirky –

Shadow Sculptures –

Sodaplay –

Snapguide DIY –

Spoken Word/Poetry –

tackk Genius Hour Activities / Challenges –

Teach Yourself Anything –

The Kid Should See This –

The Tinkering Studio (must purchase a kit) –

TinkerLab –

Wonderopolis –


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

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