The students came into the Museum with their investigator caps on, and worked on determining the “big idea” behind each of our exhibits. They worked backwards, looking at the present state of an exhibit and using that to answer the question, “how might I…?” The students worked collectively in their teams and were able to supplement their work by taking pictures inside the Museum with their tablets.
Each group then came up with ideas to change exhibits. If they had the opportunity, what would they do?
“They were really investigating and it gave the students an opportunity to think about things beyond the play aspect [of the Museum],” Mrs. Schroeder explained. “They came up with great ideas and I countered them.” Her goal was to encourage the students to think outside of the box.
As fun as it was for the students to work on something out of the norm, the project still encompassed multiple learning standards. The Genius Project was cross-curricular, incorporating research, writing, communication, math, science and reading skills.
“This was the first time we did this project, and as pioneers, it couldn’t have gone better,” Mrs. Schroeder said.
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