Monday, August 10, 2015

Genius Hour Reflections

"How can we get kids interested in the culinary arts?" By: Ethan and Logan
We made a website for our genius hour project. Our question was “How can we create a website to get kids interested into the culinary arts? Our website has a lot of little snacks and meals that parents, and their kids can create. You can see it at .  

When we started, we had to research. Our topic didn’t involve a bunch of research, only bunch of trial with different recipes. We did look at many websites and some useful stuff. The kids can learn fractions, and also this can be turned into a job or just a hobby. The kids usually like what they make so they wont be disappointed. You won't need the best cooking gear for these recipes, but you will need some supplies. We learned a lot about cooking and its arts. It was very fun project to do, and we hope you can check it out.

“How can pottery help people?” by: Blair
 Research - Tools you can use are the designing point, clay cutter, ball point, sharp eag, whole maker . I used pottery tutorials on pinterest 179 pins.
I made a clay bowl with a little design on it and it has 2 little holes on it. You can also put pigeons on it and/or dragons.
My mentor was my 1st grade art teacher because she used to be a professional pottery maker in Japan then she got a job in the US. She became our art teacher.
I learned that pottery takes a lot of patience to do it. When you finish, you should be really happy with your results. If it is your first time, you might mess up a lot, but you just need to keep on trying. You will get better at it.

“How can I help kids not be afraid of what’s under their bed at night?”
By: Isabella Holdeman

     Hi, my name is Isabella and I am doing Genius Hour Project. For my project, I am making an under the bed lighting system. This lighting system will benefit parents, kids, and seniors. This system will benefit children by illuminating the underneath of the bed. This will allow them to easily see that there is nothing under the bed. It will also be a night light that will not affect their bodies melatonin. This will also benefit parents by soothing their kids so they won’t have to get up in the middle of the night to help calm their kids. My lighting system will also help seniors by illuminating the room so they will not get injured by something because they could not see it.


My name is Caleb.  I created a video game. I used a website called Flow Lab. It not only was a game creator site, but it also showed me how to create one. All you have to do is draw the block/charter then write the code. I learned a lot about coding blocks. I got information from scratch and codeacademy. I suggest Flow Lab if you are going to create a video game.

Hi, my name is Isaac.  I am new to the blogging world.  I have made a website so that you can make an informed choice about Energy Drinks.    I have chosen this topic because I realize that there are a lot more teens that drink Energy Drinks than I thought.  I made my website by talking to an expert, Kelly Spector--who is a Family and Nutrition Program Youth Advisor at the Purdue University Extension Office, over the dangers of Energy Drinks. Then, I gathered information off the web and combined all of it into one.  As I was making my website I learned some mind blowing facts!    First, I learned that the Energy Drink company bosses are rich!  The Energy Drink industry makes approximately $5 billion dollars a year!  I also learned that in 2012 the FDA investigated Monster for 5 deaths that led back to their company.   As I researched more, I saw that Energy Drinks are “loaded with vitamins.”  And they are right, they are jam packed with vitamins.  The problem is, your body can only take so much vitamins in a day.  Too many, can be harmful! Could you imagine popping 10-20 Flinstone vitamins in your mouth at once?  Of course not, because it’s bad for you. Many Energy Drinks contain 8,000% more vitamins than your body can handle.  These drinks are not designed to be sipped slowly like coffee or tea.  Instead, teens chug or gulp them down; therefore the body doesn’t have time to absorb the process.  I also learned that energy drinks actually do not help your athletics.  It actually decreases your endurance and leaves you more dehydrated.  Also, it is not a great idea to guzzle down an Energy Drink before a test or exam, because it could make you nervous or anxious, making it harder to concentrate.  Check out my website for more information on how you can be better informed about Energy Drinks .

Minecraft Tv Show
When we thought of what we really loved, and what was fun to do, well we thought… Minecraft! We have had so much fun doing this awesome project. We like doing a project on something we love. During this project we learned a lot of Minecraft, including that Notch is Markus Persson, he is Swedish, and that Minecraft is a Sandbox type game that lets you choose what you want to do. Did you know that Minecraft can help people design things that they are going to create in real life. Minecraft is one of the most famous games for PC/Mac, mobile devices, xbox, and Sony’s Ps3 and Ps4. Did you know Minecraft has the Table of Elements? Redstone in Minecraft is like electricity in the real world. In Minecraft YOU are the master, YOU get to make all of the rules, YOU get to create your own buildings/structures, and YOU get to control everything. Our resources for our project are Minecraft Wiki, Minecraft Forums, YouTube, and all of the Minecraft books by Mojang.  We learned that Minecraft can be very helpful in real life, and is a hard working game. If you play this game it really effects your life and if you don’t play it then you don’t have to think as hard as you would on Minecraft. We also observed that if you don’t know what Minecraft is then you will become interested in it and you will began to start researching about it and you will begin to play it. Therefore Minecraft is addictive when you get into it. It is like a whole different world which in a way it is similar like the real world. The last thing we learned is that when we were doing our research we learned so many NEW things about Minecraft that we had never knew. We can’t wait for our Minecraft Series to grow to be something people will go to a lot. We make videos about how to build cool and amazing structures in either survival mode or creative mode. We also do a Minecraft survival series where we show you how to survive 1 night and how to make your survival world get really amazing. Thanks to Weebly and Google because without them we wouldn’t be able to create our project. We created our website on Weebly, and we created our YouTube channel on YouTube which YouTube was created with Google. We are very thankful for Weebly and Google. We hope you tune into our channel (it is Matthew & Darby). We also have created a website if you would like to get even more information please visit our website!
My name is Angela and for my genius hour project I am creating a website showing people that riding and taking care of horses isn’t that dangerous.  I will also be showing people how to not fall off of and if you do how to not get hurt very badly.  My horseback riding instructor Sarah will be willing to help me with my project so I can use her horses to show people stall safety with actual  horses.
For our genius hour, we made a bot that answers the questions you ask. Along with the bot there is a 7 question trivia. We learned string methods from a couple of websites, and we learned concepts and ways to think when coding. Link's cousin taught us more complicated methods and and helped us solve more difficult problems when we got majorly stuck. Other than that Dylan would often go on and play with it and I would scout out websites for us to check out.

   Our research taught us less than Link's cousin, but we still learned a bit from our websites. Mostly the websites taught us strings methods and "if then" statements. "If then" statements are small coding snipits that tell the bot what to say and depending on what YOU say the bot will say what you told it to say back.
For example if i said:
que=input("How are you?")

if que=="Good":
   print("Thats good")
elif que=="Bad":
   print("Ohh get better then!")

And you would have a simple how are you statement from the bot and depending on what you say it will say something back.

For our genius hour project,we are making A & K fragrance beads to help make buildings smell better without using candles or areosol sprays. We learned that buildings can’t light candles because it is a fire hazard and is against the fire code. We made the A&K fragrance beads by taking about 2 cup fulls of beads and pouring them in a mason jar. Then add the fragrance oil and shake till its covered with oil and is a strong enough scent.Next add dye and shake till its covered with dye. Wait a few days and shake every now and then. We did some research on what hospitals use to clean with rooms and, our mentor told us that they use disinfecting wipes and cleaning sprays to clean the floor, and the sinks, etc;



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