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Students Explore Individual Interests in Fifth Grade Genius Hour

By Desiree Blute '26, Anagiselle Guerrero '26, and Ellie Seifert '26

Genius Hour is a special time fifth graders have every Friday morning, when the rest of the school has first Exploration. During Genius Hour, fifth graders have the opportunity to pursue an individual passion and create projects of their own design. Shared products range from fundraisers, to slide presentations, to science experiments. Genius Hour provides a chance for kids to research what they’re interested in. It also gives kids an opportunity to make a difference in their community.

This year’s Genius Hour projects showcased the variety of interests and talents fifth graders have. Some projects fifth graders did this year focused on animals and conservation, such as supporting African Elephant and White Rhino protection efforts, educating others about the roles dogs play in the military, and raising environmental awareness for the ocean. Sports and athletics were another area of interest. One project raised enough money to purchase five new basketballs and a new air pump for Middle School students. Other projects included music, art, family trees, baking and cake decorating, technology, health, and education.

 

 

  • Desiree and Ellie, with help from those who purchased their yummy baked goods, raised over $166 in one lunch period toward their Genius Hour projects, The Spring and Education in Africa.

    Desiree and Ellie, with help from those who purchased their yummy baked goods, raised over $166 in one lunch period toward their Genius Hour projects, The Spring and Education in Africa.

  • Linda teaches her classmates about ocean pollution and what we can do to help improve the quality of our oceans.

    Linda teaches her classmates about ocean pollution and what we can do to help improve the quality of our oceans.

  • Matthew, Anthi and Kenny operated a successful bake sale to raise donations for Middle School basketballs.

    Matthew, Anthi and Kenny operated a successful bake sale to raise donations for Middle School basketballs.

  • Vikram shares his knowledge of Parkinson's Wellness Recovery.

    Vikram shares his knowledge of Parkinson's Wellness Recovery.

  • Will researched his family tree.

    Will researched his family tree.

  • Desiree presented a Genius Hour on water quality.

    Desiree presented a Genius Hour on water quality.

 

 

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