G. E. N. I. U. S. HOUR
Generating in Education
New Ideas and Understandings for Students
BAY SHORE MIDDLE SCHOOL GENIUS HOUR...
IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN MAKE IT!
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE?
BE A 3D MAKER
Visit the Thingverse website to learn about 3D printing. Visit Mr. Orofino in the Technology Department to watch the Flashforge 3D printer in action.
BE A STOP ANIMATION MAKER
BE A GREEN SCREEN MOVIE MAKER
BE KNITTED SCARF OR BASKET MAKER
Learn how to knit a scarf, or create a basket and then donate it to local shelter. You will need to purchase two balls of fun fur or fancy fur by Lion Brand, and two size 10 knitting needles.
BE A CARDBOARD CHALLENGE MAKER
Build anything you can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.
BE A COMPUTER PROGRAMMING MAKER
Learn how to code at your own pace through Code.org, Tynker, CodeHS, Codecademy, or Pencil Code Gym.
BE A STORY MAKER
BE A SCAVENGER HUNT MAKER
Help to create a Bay Shore Middle School scavenger hunt. Create QR codes for important places around the school that link to text and video (Dr. Outlaw's office, Mr. Mentz's office, Mr. Gordon's office, main office, guidance office, nurse's office, library auditorium, new gym, old gym, cafeteria).
BE A CONSTRUCTION MAKER
Recycle milk cartons to construct an entry for the Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest. The grand prize is $5,000!
BE A WORLD TRAVELER MAKER
Connect with authors and other students around the world, and discover something new through Skype in the Classroom.
BE A 3D OPTICAL ILLUSION MAKER
Learn different ways how your eyes trick you every day, and how objects appear 3D. Create your own 3D illusions.
BE A HANDWRITING MAKER
Did you know that you don't have to use only the fonts that are installed on your computer? You can create fonts with your OWN handwriting!
BE A VIDEO GAME MAKER
Create your own video game using Scratch, Gamestar Mechanic, or PixelPressFloors.
BE A ROBOTICS MAKER
Using an iPad, you will learn how to program Dash and his little sister Dot. Meet Sphero and learn how to navigate him through an obstacle course.
BE A LIBRARY MAKEOVER MAKER
In order to enter the Follett Challenge, applicants must demonstrate how the program is preparing students for the demands of the 21st century and create a 3-5 minute video about the program. The grand prize is $30,000!
BE A PILLOW MAKER
Use old t-shirts to create pillows for dogs and cats at an animal shelter.
BE A MAKEY MAKEY MAKER
Can you really play a banana piano, or use Play Doh to play a video game? You sure can with Makey Makey!
BE AN AVATAR MAKER
Use the Tellagami, ChatterPix, or FaceTalker apps to create avatars and make objects come to life.
BE A GAMER-READER MAKER
Do you like to read? Do you like to game? Combine them both with Inanimate Alice!
BE A BOOK RECOMMENDATION MAKER
Have you read a good book that you would like to share with others? Create a 90 second video commercial for your favorite book. Then we will publish it on our library website.
BE AN INTERVIEW MAKER
Interview a teacher, a parent, or a friend and upload your conversation to the Wall of Listening, a digital oral-history initiative sponsored by StoryCorps. You can even interview a veteran and enter the My Hero Is contest.
BE A POETRY MAKER
BE A WEBSITE MAKER
Design your own website using Tackk or Weebly.
BE A WONDER MAKER
Are you full of curiosity and wonder? Spend time exploring those questions that you always had.
BE A DREAM MAKER
Do you enjoy watching Shark Tank? If you had $400 to spend what would you add to our library...your favorite books, robotics, iPads? Make a sales pitch to get people to donate to your project and it will be posted on DonorsChoose.
BE A DIY TUTORIAL MAKER
Create your own DIY and how-to videos using the Swivl or the Stage app. Your video can be featured on the BSMS library website, and you can even enter the Super Thoughts video contest sponsored by Next Vista or an Instructables contest.
BE A FRANK N. STEIN MAKER
Learn about the human body through apps and books. Teach your friends about what makes the human body work. Then pretend you are a doctor and perform virtual surgeries.
BE A 3D PAPER CRAFT MAKER
Use ordinary paper to create your own mini-books to share and give as gifts. You can also design and build your own 3D models with the Foldify app.
BE AN ENERGY MAKER
Learn how to create circuits using Snap Circuitsexplore alternative forms of energy.
BE AN ADVANCED ENERGY MAKER.
Take your circuits to the next step and learn how to create with LittleBits.
BE A LETTER WRITING MAKER
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected you personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.
BE A SIGN LANGUAGE MAKER
Learn about how to speak through sign language. We have some really great apps with videos on our Nooks, as well two DVDs.
BE AN INVENTION MAKER!
Think about a real world problem and come up with a solution.
BE AN ARGUMENT MAKER
Learn how to argue almost any topic and win!
BE A MONEY MAKER
Learn how to develop financial literacy skills through fun games and apps.
BE AN ANTIQUES ROADSHOW MAKER
Learn about how technology has evolved by researching our artifacts.
BE A PUZZLE MAKER
Create clickable, interactive puzzles with the Stick Around and TinyTap apps.
BE A SCIENCE AND MATH GAMING MAKER
Develop your science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills through playing the Radix Endeavor online game.
BE A MAGIC MAKER
Learn magic tricks to amaze your friends. Discover the history of magic and illusions.
BE A DESIGNER MAKER
Design your own 3D printed bracelet, meme, or animated name.
BE A BEADED ORNAMENT MAKER
Design an ornament using Perla beads It makes a great gift for your BFF.
BE A BARRIER BREAKING MAKER
Write an essay about how you have overcome obstacles in your life.
BE A TRASH TO FASHION SHOW MAKER
Use recycled materials to create a fashionable outfit. Walk the green carpet at the SLIME Fashion Show.
BE A VIRTUAL REALITY MAKER
With just papers and crayons you can create pictures that come alive with apps (Color Alive, Designer Fashion Show, Design and Drive, ColAR Mix, Chromeville, and Toywheel).
BE AN ANIMATION MAKER
Forget PowerPoint! Learn how to create your own animated movies and commercials with PowToon.
BE A GET UP AND GO MAKER
Move your feet to the beat of Zumba, or take it slow with yoga.
BE AN ENGINEERING MAKER
Use K'Nex pieces to create vehicles and bridges.
BE A PHYSICS MAKER
Learn how Wile E. Coyote defies the laws of physics. Explore the principles of physics in your favorite cartoons, movies, and video games.
BE AN ORIGAMI MAKER
Learn about the fine art of Japanese paper folding. Make a crane to commemorate Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, or even learn how to fold your money into cool shapes. Check out our books and Nook apps.
BE A FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAKER
Use the free websites to learn Spanish, Danish, French, Irish, Italian, German, Swedish, Portuguese, and Chinese.
BE A INTERIOR DECORATOR MAKER
Learn about interior decorating through books and the Homestyler Interior Design app. Create your own furniture and decorate our dollhouse.
BE A DIGITAL STORY AND GREETING CARD MAKER
Use Buncee to create a presentation, greeting card, or digital story to share with family and friends.
BE A MUSIC MAKER
Make your own music using LittleBits electronics, a banana, a Drawdio pencil or an iPad with Singing Fingers app? Yes, you can!
BE A SPEED STACKING MAKER
Can you beat the clock? Learn the techniques of speed stacking and race against your friends.