“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein
On the penultimate evening of last academic year, 50 students from Y7 and Y8 participated in the Genius Hour Expo on 27th June, 2019. This was a testament to the commitment and dedication of students. They worked diligently, one hour for eight weeks, on their passion projects to gain authentic and meaningful learning.
Initially, the students chose a topic and contextualised it to UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Thereafter, they committed to one “driving question” and developed skill sets valuable in any learning situation – research, experimentation, collaboration, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking- in order to become an expert (genius). Finally, this free inquiry culminated in sharing of their learning with others.
Genius Hour Expo displayed creativity and learning of students in a range of topics such as: nuclear fusion, space technology, brain games, memory techniques, coding, animation for spreading awareness of bullying, website for household technology, python for revision games, energy, terrorism, music for wellbeing, aviation, light pollution, climate change and life below water and on land etc.
The students enthralled parents and peers with the depth of their explorations and their passion was most evident through their campaigns, innovative thinking and inventiveness.