His reply? "Go for it."
Here is the introduction to my students:
I pitched it to both of my classes and they were very intrigued, shell-shocked and excited. We started the process by brainstorming some bad ideas (see below). The reasoning behind the Bad Idea Factory is that people tend to hit a creative wall when brainstorming. We, as humans, tend to want to fix "things". If we examine some "bad" ideas, we will have the tendency to want to "fix" them , essentially turning them into "good" ideas. In addition, once we get past the bad idea roadblock, good usable ideas tend to come to light more easily:
And this was the case!
"watch someone bleed to death" turned into "determine how long a person can survive when xyz artery has been severed" - a fantastic idea for civilian Emergency Services and military medicine.
"bring the Plague into our classroom" turned into "can I [the student] somehow order a disease online to look at the effects of different medicines?"
"watch toenails grow" turned into.......nothing.
I am really excited to see what more my students come up with. None of them have ever been in this situation; one free period, every Friday, no lecture, no lab, just the time to work on what interests them.