Genius Hour

“The search-engine giant, Google, allows it’s engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want.  The idea is very simple.  Allow people to work on something that interests them, and productivity will go up.  Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during this creative time period.  Ever heard of Gmail or Google News?  These projects are creations by passionate developers that blossomed from their their 20-time projects.” –

We will be working on our own statistics version of this throughout the year.

Today (January 14, 2016) this group of students blew me away once again with their presentations. Here is some of what I learned from my students:      

  1. I need to go to Costco and stock up on chocolate milk for my family and I to drink after our workouts.
  2. There is a definite disconnect between student and teacher perception on Graduation swag.
  3. Classical music does help when studying; despite my aversion to it, I’m going to have to start playing it in class.    
  4. There are different types of free throws, and Jackie Bento is good at all of them.  
  5. Regardless of your teaching style homework completion does not change, but the flipped classroom is viewed by students to be more efficient and more enjoyable.
  6. Female athletes need more recovery time than male athletes do, and since as females we never take time off, we also end up with more injuries.
  7. Students without Twitter are more likely to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Hmm… food for thought.    

Here are some video presentations that these Stats Studs put together for their first Genius Project.