Back to School with 35 New Partners

NY Sun Works Greenhouse Classrooms are growing by leaps and bounds (or leaves and shoots!)!  It’s been a busy year with a total of 35 hydroponic labs having been installed so far, and another 5 ready for construction in the early fall.  We are thrilled to welcome so many new partner schools from the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. We have added new elementary, middle and high schools, including both District 75 schools and Gifted & Talented schools, to our program.  Our new teachers started with a group training in June to learn the basics about hydroponic systems and get an introduction to the NY Sun Works curriculum; they will continue with individual training sessions at their hydroponic labs when the school year begins.

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Causing a Commotion 

Blog post by NYSW Youth Press Team Member y Meaghan DelleCave, a student at St Saviour High School 

“If you love the ocean, cause a commotion!” So said one of the many groups of student presenters at the 2019 New York Sunworks Youth Press Conference. The Conference, themed “Discovering Sustainability Science,” featured students from schools partnered with New York Sunworks as part of the Greenhouse Project. Students presented their research, made possible through their schools’ Greenhouse Classrooms, and answered questions on their environmental concerns.

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Early Bird Tickets for NYSW Annual Event Now Available!

Join us for a spectacular sunset evening of fancy drinks, farm to table snacks, a few games and perhaps some dancing.

Monday September 16th at The Press Lounge!

Our greenhouse science labs are educating NYC students for a sustainable future, and we hope that everyone who has been a partner in our success will participate. We think this years venue will be perfect for the celebration – a big beautiful rooftop with a greenhouse!

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NY Sun Works – Rebirth our Earth

Blog post by NYSW Youth Press Team Member Silvie Leaf. Silvie is a 5th grade student at PS 333 

On May 20th, 2019, at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th in New York City, the NY Sun Works Youth Conference was held. At the conference, there were 25 students and five guest speakers talking about why it’s important for everyone to help save our planet. Read »

NY Sun Works Hosts Science and Sustainability Youth Conference

On Monday, May 20, 2019, from 10:30am to 12:30pm EST, 53 students from 16 NYC public schools will be presenting their research on Sustainability Science to a sold-out auditorium of 700 students and teachers during the the 8th annual NY Sun Works Youth Conference.  The Conference will also be  streaming live from Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, New York, NY.

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Q349 Greenhouse Classroom Ribbon Cutting Celebration

The Queens School for Leadership and Excellence gave their Hydroponics Greenhouse Classroom an official Ribbon Cutting event! The celebration began with a breakfast and school presentations in the library, which included a musical presentation from the Student Leaders and some words from Principal Howell and Magnet Coordinator, Leslie Brown.

Student Leaders toured guests through the hydroponic systems, served class-made pesto on crackers at their Farm Stand table, and demonstrated the Energy Bike.

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St Matthias Becomes The First Catholic Elementary School To Have Hydroponic STEM Lab


On January 29th, St. Matthias Catholic Academy were very excited to welcome local politicians and community leaders for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of their new NY Sun Works STEM Lab. The event showcased the new program with student led tours, a cooking demo and students building their own hydroponic systems.

“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are the careers of the future, which is why we made the important decision to be the first NYC Catholic Academy to build a Hydroponic Lab. We wanted to ensure our students —our future leaders—have access to a cutting edge STEM curriculum”, shared Barbara Wehnes, the academy’s principal.

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NYSW Partners with Chef Peter Balistreri of Tender Greens

The students at PS 157 are so excited to be cooking with Chef Peter!

During this session the busy Pre-K Farmer Scientist prepared green smoothies using freshly harvested Kale and other delicious veggies. Although the main topic on their minds this morning seemed to be superheros, many lined up for seconds – and thirds –  with happy smiles!

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Constantinides Unveils New Hydroponic Lab at I.S. 126

Council Member Costa Constantinides joined with educators and innovative science professionals to open a new hydroponic laboratory at I.S. 126, another major step in his Science 2050 budget initiative. A remarkable 11 schools in Council District 22 have received funding for NY Sun Works Greenhouse Classrooms since Constantinides took office in 2014.

“Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are the careers of the future, which is why it’s important we give tomorrow’s leaders hands-on opportunities today,” said Council Member Constantinides, who also chairs the Committee on Environmental Protection. “I hope I.S. 126  students will greatly benefit from this lab, as students throughout our district will in generations to come. Thanks to New York Sun Works and the faculty of I.S. 126 for your partnership on this project.”

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Students Growing for a Cause

This year we developed a program to help our students and teachers distribute the 70,000 lbs of food grown collectively grown in our greenhouse classrooms throughout their communities – many of which are food deserts – at school events, farm stands, and food pantries.

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