9 – 12th Grade

The Greenhouse Project 6th – 12th grade curriculum has been developed under the Challenge Based Module Design based on the Novare Schools model. Modules are intensive, short-term interdisciplinary courses developed around real-world challenges. They are designed to enhance students’ understanding of big ideas and broad global concepts, and their development and application of 21st century skills – the kind of things educators hope students will remember and still need to know and use 20 years from now.

  • Future Farmers (Hydroponics 101) and Food Entrepreneurs: Introduces students to urban farming and hydroponic food production, and sustainable culinary business practices. During the first part of the module, students will learn to use hydroponic technology and farming practices in the classroom setting as well as understand the implications and benefits of urban food production. In the second part of the module, students learn roles and responsibilities involved in a successful restaurant business, receiving instruction in culinary techniques, food cultures, recipe development and execution, front-of-house management, and service.
  • Ocean Sustainability and Aquaculture: Covers habitat destruction in oceans due to overfishing and depletion of species, as well as ocean pollution, including plastic, oil, and human-caused effluent and runoff. Students will focus on the application of new technologies, and specifically studying aquaponic farming systems as a feasible alternative for communities affected by ocean resource depletion and pollution.
  • Chemistry Applications in Hydroponic Urban Farming: Exposes students to discover the chemical basis of life on earth. By understanding that plants are completely governed by chemistry and through the simplicity of the hydroponic growing environments, students will monitor pH levels in systems while studying how a relatively simple chemical phenomenon can be a great entry for encountering chemical principles. This experimental understanding of chemical properties at work in the growing environment directly affects plant properties and growth.
  • Plant Biology in Hydroponic Urban Farming: Includes projects on plant-water relations such as growth and adaptations, plant nutrition such as homeostasis, distribution and assimilation of mineral nutrients, and photosynthesis (or conversion of light into chemical energy.)