As the new school year gets under way, Genius Time has begun in the 4th grade. Genius Time gives students the opportunity to explore their own passions. Students choose a topic of interest to extensively research and explore. They begin first by asking a driving question that guides them throughout their research. They then utilize their research skills to discover the answers to their questions, all the while discovering new questions as they learn new information about their topic. Genius Time gives students an opportunity to have voice and choice about what they learn.
This year, 4th graders are utilizing the LS Makerspace to explore their topics during Genius Time. Some projects that are being researched, prototyped, and constructed in the Makerspace are: functional work tables that are built around the support columns in the Makerspace; a moving, lighting up Makerspace sign that will hang outside the LS Makerspace; and building hummingbird feeders, designing and constructing a 3D board game; building a life-sized and moving wolverine.