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Genius Project 2018
Today in science class we introduced the research project called the “Genius Project.” This project will be cross-curricular; students will work on it in Science, Reading, and English. The idea of the project is based on Google’s 20% policy, which allows each employee to spend 20% of their time working on projects about which they are passionate. In the spirit of Google’s policy, the sixth graders will research a scientific aspect of one of their passions. Each student’s project will be unique, but there will be requirements that all students must fulfill.
Goals of this Project:
To promote and support creative, innovative thinking
To allow students an opportunity to investigate one of their passions and reflect on and share their learning with others
Provide students an opportunity to develop skill sets that are valuable in any learning situation, including research, experimentation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking
To integrate information presented in different non-fiction texts to develop a coherent understanding of a topic
Students will be provided at least three class periods a week to work on this project for the duration of 5-6 weeks. Students are expected to use the time provided to them on their project.
Students will be expected to work on this project at home. The Genius Project will not be able to be completed solely in the three hours per week of in-class time. Students will be expected to put in time on their own.
Students will be expected to blog weekly about their Genius Project progress. This blog will include what they have worked on for the week, what their successes and frustrations have been that week, and what they plan to work on next week. The blog will be graded for English class.
Students will keep a journal that tracks their research, due dates for different aspects of the project, and teacher conferences about their project. The journal will be graded for Reading class.
Students will be expected to create a project board and product to convey what they have discovered about their passion. The project board will detail the research that the student collected on their topic. Each product will be unique to the student’s project, but examples might include a working model, a demonstration, a documentary video, or a website. The project board and product will be graded for science class. The students will also receive an English grade for the project board.
Each student will be expected to present their project board and product to their classmates at the end of this project.
What Will Your Role Be?
We need help from you to ensure your student’s success with this project. The goal is for the students to learn about the research process through this investigation of their passion. We ask that you help your student find the appropriate sources for their research. Your student will spend time in class learning how to pull appropriate information out of a source, but they may need help from you practicing this skill as they complete their research. Depending on the product your student chooses to create, they may need your help gathering resources and guidance as they complete their product.
More information will be provided to your student concerning project details, expectations, and grading. We encourage you to follow the progress of these projects on our class Genius Project blog! A separate sheet will be sent home with the details and rules for blogging.
Pretend you are an igneous rock and write about your life going through the rock cycle. Be sure you include how you become a metamorphic rock and a sedimentary rock and what kind of minerals you are composed of.
Please underline all vocabulary words used in the one page, handwritten journal entry.