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N.O. Middle School 1st Annual Genius Hour

What if students could spend part of their school day working on a project that fuels their passion?

That's exactly what a group of North Olmsted Middle School students are doing as part of their "Genius Hour." 

The project is being funded with a $10,000.00 grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation that was awarded to Superintendent Dr. Michael Zalar in 2016.

Inspired by Google and classrooms around the country, the Genius Hour Project has students working once a week during the second quarter to create a project that callenges them and fuels their passion.

The process spanned brainstorming to creation  - and everything in between - with the end goal being to promote engagement, creative thinking, problem solving and follow through with their idea.

On Thursday afternoon (2/9)  the cafeteria was filled with every kind of project from how to build a school from recycled pop bottles to creating a comfortable cast for pets who have surgery to making and flying drones. 

Students did indeed explore their passions - from sports - to fashion - to medicine.  They filled out a short questionnaire and the results will be compiled to see what students liked, found interesting, or needed more information about. 

Parents will have an opportunity to speak with the students during conferences and see what Genius Hour looks like.

Here's a link to one of the projects a student worked on that transformed a wall in her bedroom into a work of art:

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