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The goal of this STEAM project incorporates the science of plant and hydroponics. Our students will be benefit by becoming involved in the process of writing and drawing their observations of the life cycle of plants, while maintaining an aquaculture container in our classroom. Students will understand the importance of inputs and outputs in relation to economic impacts on society in growing food in a mindful manner, examine irrigation and agricultural runoff, along with studying the foundations of the importance of the ecology involved in fish farming, hydroponics, caring for plants and animals, and this project will build upon the natural curiosity of our students as they care for, and become involved in aquaculture within our classroom.

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STEAM - Growing Curious with Aquagardening

School:
Cypress Palm Middle 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Laura Pacter 
Students Impacted:
15 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 2, 2017

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope - $107.99

 

Goal

The goal of this STEAM project incorporates the science of plant and hydroponics. Our students will be benefit by becoming involved in the process of writing and drawing their observations of the life cycle of plants, while maintaining an aquaculture container in our classroom. Students will understand the importance of inputs and outputs in relation to economic impacts on society in growing food in a mindful manner, examine irrigation and agricultural runoff, along with studying the foundations of the importance of the ecology involved in fish farming, hydroponics, caring for plants and animals, and this project will build upon the natural curiosity of our students as they care for, and become involved in aquaculture within our classroom. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will build and maintain the Back to the Roots aquaculture kit in our classroom, and they will be working together to read directions, and follow through in assembling the kit in a collaborative manner. They will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the entire project, and will study and examine the benefits of hydroponics in producing plants, and develop critical thinking skills as they write observations each week about the changes they see in this hydroponic STEAM project. 

 

Benefits to my students

This project will encourage students to read, and develop important thinking skills. They will also gain team-building skills, as they take care of this garden each day, and make observations along the way. They will also be encouraged to study the history of aquaculture, fish farming techniques, and where the roots of water-based growing practices began through thought-provoking writing assignments and discussions after caring for this classroom garden. 

 

Budget Narrative

The costs of this project include one hydroponic garden kit, which includes all plants, and gravel, and parts needed to build and maintain this project throughout the school year. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Back to the Roots Garden 2.0 $99.99
2 Shipping and Handling $8.00
  Total: $107.99

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