The Greenhouse Project core curriculum introduces students to cutting-edge technology and connects science and the environment through sustainable urban farming. The curriculum has been designed to inspire students to ask questions, investigate systems, make predictions and design solutions.
The curriculum emphasizes the child’s perspective in the process of learning and promotes project based, critical thinking, and collaborative work. Understanding is achieved through discussion and collaboration as a result of the combination of practice and conceptual explanations.
With the Greenhouse Project Curriculum, students not only learn the general requirements of the mandated New York State Science Standards and the Scope and Sequence Standards, they go beyond by addressing issues of today’s environmental global concern. Students develop an understanding of climate change, population impact, water management, energy sources, contamination, conservation, food production, health and nutrition.
The students at PS89 are elated to participate in the Greenhouse Project program. Their enthusiasm is evident in their newfound appreciation for nutrition, desire for greater access to healthy food, and their excitement over the growth of their plants.
—Irene Leon, Principal PS89, Cypress Hills Community School