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MAKING THE GRADE: Wisconsin Rapids class takes on 'Genius Hour'

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WAOW) -

Teachers in Wood County are making math fun.

In this months Making the Grade with Rebecca, we stop by Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School. There, 7th graders are given time to research how math works into their everyday lives and interests. It's called "Genius Hour."

"When you give kids a chance to explore topics and interests that they have, that's what it does. It develops their genius in them," said David Keech, Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School math teacher.

Student Elijah Scheel chose to research the popular online shopping site ebay.com.

"I researched stuff like how much money ebay makes everyday, how many things are sold everyday," he said.

When asked if he learned anything that surprised him, he was quick to answer.

"I learned that the most expensive thing sold on ebay was a baseball card," said Sheel. "[It sold for] $1.5 million."

But it's not just about math, teachers say it's also about getting students comfortable researching and presenting their projects in front of the class.

"It's learning for the pure sake of learning," said Keech.

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