Genius Labs @GMCC


We believe every young person
has the capacity for “genius.”

Focused on the Studio Learning Approach, Genius Labs brings together technological access and youth-centered design to create opportunities that foster creativity, independence, critical thinking, and self-awareness. Genius Labs is a laboratory learning experience designed for middle school youth (rising 5, 6, 7 and 8 graders).

Our student-centered laboratory is designed by a collaborative team of experienced educators. The core beliefs driving the iterative design process are:

-Every young person has the capacity for genius
All youth deserve access to high-quality educational methods and the latest technologies
– Health and well-being of the whole child (mental, physical, spiritual, intellectual) are critical to fostering healthy youth development
– Digital learning and preparing for the new school year through journaling exercises
– Participants will complete a plan for the next school year where they get the opportunity to set goals for how they plan to show up and show out academically for the next year.
– Completed COVID-19 vaccination and booster required.

Questions? Contact Ameen Hassan at 612-276-1548 or

Stay tuned for future cohort sessions of GMCC Genius Labs and Tech Teens.

Below is an example of a typical Genius Labs Cohort experience and scheudle.

Completed COVID-19 vaccination required

Digital technologies
+ learning

A focus on health
and well-bing

Additional Information:

Legal guardians/parents are required to be an active participant in support of their child and this initiative. Once your child has been accepted into the initiative, we will reach out to you to discuss how best to accomplish this goal. The outcomes of this initiative is based in part of parent engagement and participation

-Youth and guardians will be required to sign a commitment agreement stating that youth are expected to commit to attending every scheduled session of their assigned cohort, except for circumstances of emergencies and illness.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Starting UPDATE: postponed to Wednesday, July 13th, 2022
Ending Thursday, August 5, 2022

9:30am – 10:00am Students start arriving @ Digital Café
10:00am – 10:30am Morning gathering
10:30am – 11:45 am Skill session #1
11:45am – 12:30pm Lunch conversation
12:30pm – 1:00pm Skill session #2
1:00pm – 1:30pm Personal project/studio time
1:30pm – 2pm Afternoon gathering
2:00pm – 2:30 pm Departure
        *Schedule is subject to change*


Eligible youth must be Rising 5, 6, 7 and 8 graders ( students who are entering these grades fall of 2022) Admissions will be determined on a case-by-case basis with a focus on equity and prioritizing students who are excited about learning and motivated to gain new skills. We are particularly interested in students who live in the Lake Street Corridor ( Neighborhoods that are north and south of Lake Street bounded by Hennepin Ave. S and the Mississippi River.)