Genius Hour Prompt

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Invent a Sport Using These Items

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Invent the Ultimate Roller Coaster

Prompt

You’re going to build the ultimate roller coaster. Okay, you’re not actually going to build a life-size roller coaster that you can ride. Apparently, there’s this thing called safety that schools have to follow. Bummer. But you are going to design and build a model of a roller coaster. It needs to be the kind of roller coaster someone would actually enjoy.

So, think about this ultimate roller coaster.

1. Consider your ideal audience. Will it be a gentler ride for younger kids or will it be a terrifying ride for adventure-seekers? How do you want people to feel? Do you want people to feel scared? Nervous? Excited? Calm? Maybe a mix of all of those emotions?
2. What kind of theme will it have? See, every roller coaster has a theme. It might be a mountain theme or a space theme or pop culture theme. So, create a theme for your roller coaster.
3. Decide on the features of your ride. Will it have a huge drop? A loop? A corkscrew turn?
4. Think of the physics and mechanics of your ride. How will you keep your coaster going from start to finish without stopping?

For your model, you’re going to use:
Duct tape
Paper
Cardboard
A marble
Plastic straws
Popsicle sticks

Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. Ultimately, your design is going to be awesome, because it’s yours and it’s coming from your creative mind.

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Create an Arcade Game

Prompt

You’re going to design and build an arcade game.

Your items will include . . .
Cardboard
Duct tape
Plastic spoons
And a marble

So what will you make?

What will the rules be? How will you win? Will there be points? Time limits?

What will you do to make it fun? What will you do to engage the audience?

Will it be single player or multiple player?

How will it work? What will the physics be like?

What will the theme be? What kind of visual style will it have?

Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. End the end, it’s going to be awesome, because it’s yours and it’s coming from your creative mind.

 

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Create an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Prompt

You are a member of an elite team of engineers that just received a new challenge. You must design the world’s most eco-friendly kitchen.

Consider the following:

What items can you re-use and repurpose?
How can your design conserve water?
What features will you have to reduce waste?
What items could your kitchen include that would harness the power of the sun? Maybe a solar oven?
How might you rethink lighting and electricity to reduce energy use?

You will need to research examples of eco-friendly kitchen designs before creating your own plan. You will also build at least least one prototype of an item that belongs in the kitchen. This item has to be something that accomplishes a kitchen-related task while also producing zero emissions or waste.

Your design could change life on planet Earth.

Good luck!

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Should Schools Ban Junk Food?

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Tell the Story of an Underground Civilization

Prompt

Invent a civilization that exists entirely underground.

1. What is the culture like? What type of food do they eat? What is their music like? What type of art do they create? What are their beliefs and how do they communicate them? What do they value and how do they reward this? What stories do they tell?
2. What kinds of buildings does it have? What is the architecture like? What does the layout look like? How is this civilization organized?
3. What are the laws? What type of government do they have? Is it an autocracy? Plutocracy? Oligarchy? Representative republic? Direct democracy?
4. What do they do for fun? How do they stay entertained?
5. How does their educational system work? What subjects do they have? What do the students learn?
6. What type of technology do they have? What are the tools that they use? How does their underground transportation work?
7. How does their economy work? What products they have? What kind of money do they use? What jobs do they have? What are the social classes?
You’re going to create a model of this underground civilization.

You can make this in Minecraft or you can make this by hand using repurposed materials.

Make it so that anyone who visits this civilization would be able to discover every aspect of this civilization.

Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. It’s going to be awesome because it’s yours and it’s coming from your creative mind.

 

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Design a City for Superheroes

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Design a School on Mars

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