New problems, new tools
While today’s educators face their own unique challenges, there has never been a better time to be teaching STEM subjects. Public opinion, movements like the local farming and urban ag movements, and a burst in agricultural innovation are colliding to create the perfect environment for STEM and other learning.
For instance, indoor hydroponic systems give educators more freedom in aspects like mobility, mainanence, and participation.
New tools, like ZipGrow™ Education Rack, ensure that no matter space, energy, or economic concerns, every school can use indoor farming. Educators across the country have shown that school gardens create educational opportunities for students who benefit greatly from the experience.
Here are a few reasons why more schools should break into indoor classroom gardens:
1) Classroom gardens support cognitive or "hands on" learning
Making the transition from ideas and problems on paper to real-life solutions can be a difficult process. Often, the movement from abstraction to reality is too big a jump to make. But what if that jump was immediate?
The maintenance, planting, and harvesting stages of any hydroponic operation are all wonderful learning opportunities that facilitate active and hands-on learning strategies.
2) Hard work equips student to succeed later in life
Students can escape their textbooks and instead learn valuable skills like teamwork, balancing pH values, vegetable growth cycles, harvesting techniques, and the scientific method.
3) Gardens fill the gaps that otherwise may remain empty
Concepts like sustainability, healthy living, and food production remain poorly understood by the average university student, let alone students in primary school. Many students will go their whole lives without working in a garden, learning scientific context, and exploring alternative career options beyond a desk. Hydroponic farming offers these students opportunities they might not otherwise receive.
4) Underprivileged students need opportunities
5) Gardens build responsibility and confidence
Hydroponic farming offers the solution: buy-in. Creating a sense of ownership, individuality, or narrative has been a tried and true technique for increasing classroom engagement for students. A decade ago, this might have been a novelty
6) Utility makes gardens affordable
ZipGrow’s Hydroponic System offers not just an affordable initial investment, but a clear and actionable return on investment through the crops produced by the hydroponic system. For example, the two most easily raised crops in the ZipGrow™ Towers -herbs and greens- offer an opportunity to resell to the student’s families, fundraisers, and local markets. Or, if in-school meals are offered to students, the administration might consider offering fresh produce to the kitchens feeding students.
7) Green classrooms make for green futures
Hydroponic farming is not only a wise investment monetarily, with great educational returns, but is also a great investment in a culture of self-sufficiency, respect for one’s environment, and respect for the labor involved in a healthy living situation.Schools that invest in hydroponic farming are making steps toward actively educating their students in more than just basic skills and facts, but a better way of life.
Is classroom gardening right for your school?
If you’re an educator looking to start up a hydroponic operation in a classroom, or curious about the teaching opportunities that indoor growing present, please contact our team.
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