The Greenhouse Project science labs are equipped with hydroponic farming technology in order to provide year round hands-on, project-based environmental science education for K-12 grade students in urban schools.
The science content of our curriculum is conveyed through the lens of urban farming and addresses topics in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, as well as the living environment. Students participate in choosing growth media; selecting and planting seeds; combining plant-nutrients and water; monitoring plant growth; harvesting; monitoring NFT systems, VIG systems, vine crops systems, fish growth, and the fish farm; composting; controlling pests; measuring captured rainwater; predicting the weather; and more.
This innovative way of learning science is particularly effective for exploring modern-day issues of global concern. Water resource management, climate change, biodiversity, conservation, contamination, pollution, waste management, efficient land/rooftop use, food production and nutrition are topics covered within the classroom.
Our students live with the reality of unsustainable urban population growth. Understanding the relationships between culture, the environment, and sustainable development is a key component of their education.
The Greenhouse Project science labs and urban farms operate as an integrated part of the school’s curriculum and provide today’s generation with 21st century skills and a new way of learning science.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have students who eagerly race into my hydroponic classroom, determined to be the first ones to spot the ladybug eggs, power the energy bike, spray the seedlings, harvest kale, test the pH, monitor water quality, construct their own hydroponic system, or correctly identify a pest.”
—Shakira Provasoli, Teacher