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The project goal will accomplish an increase in student knowledge and teacher knowledge by exploring how to grow flowers, herbs, fruits, and/or vegetables by water. The students will learn what is needed to grow plants in a hydroponic system and find out if there are benefits of using a hydroponic system over a conventional ground/soil growing system.

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Suncoast-Hydroponic

School:
Nina Harris 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Yvette McNiece 
Students Impacted:
187 
Grade:
PreK-12 
Date:
October 25, 2021

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Suncoast Credit Union - $70.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 179

We have started the process with picking out the seeds we would like to grow in our tabletop hydroponic system and also in the soil to compare and contrast. The video, which I cannot figure out how to uplaod so I will email separately to Ann Stretch and Lisa Fasting, is the unvailing of the hydroponic system with a classroom and voting process of the seeds. After Spring Break, the planting process will begin!

Thank you again!

In Peace, Yvette

 

Update: The planting process has begun! The pictures uploaded include what week 0 and week1 look like to compare and constrast the growing of the seeds in the hyrdopoinic system versus the soil system and as the weeks go by more pictures will be taken. What a GREAT hands on learning opportunity for our students!

In Peace, Yvette 

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

The project goal will accomplish an increase in student knowledge and teacher knowledge by exploring how to grow flowers, herbs, fruits, and/or vegetables by water. The students will learn what is needed to grow plants in a hydroponic system and find out if there are benefits of using a hydroponic system over a conventional ground/soil growing system.  

 

What will be done with my students

First, the students will vote on what plants they would like to grow in the tabletop hydroponic system. Second, order the hydroponic system and the seeds. Third, have student volunteers with their teachers and associates set up the hydroponic system and plant the seeds not only in the kit but also in the ground so comparisons can be made, and video this process so others can join virtually. Fourth, take pictures of the growth process both from the hydroponic system and in the ground growing system. Fifth, make comparisons of the benefits or no different benefits of using a hydroponic system versus conventional ground/soil growing system with students making individual and/or classroom charts.  

 

Benefits to my students

The benefits of this project will not only increase the knowledge of students and teachers on using a hydroponic system, but also provides a hands on approach to learning that will engage the use of the students' senses in learning.  

 

Describe the Students

The students at Nina Harris Exceptional Student Center are all considered ESE, Exceptional Student Education with an IEP, an Individualized Education Plan. The primary disability could be Intellectually Disabled, InD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD along with additional disabilities ranging from but not limited to traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, and severe physical impairments. They are endearing to your heart and when they smile you cannot but smile along with them! 

 

Budget Narrative

A table top hydroponic system is more budget friendly and manageable. The growing season could be all year round! 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Hydroponic Table Top System (from Amazon) $60.00
2 Seeds $10.00
  Total: $70.00

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