My students come from many diverse cultures and backgrounds. We have a majority Hispanic and Haitian population as well as a significant portion of English language learners. Hands on real world experience is essential for all students but critical for communicating concepts to English language learners We are a title one school where more than 85% of my students come from low, underprivileged socioeconomic homes. My school is a STEAM school with magnet programs in pre medical, digital and graphic design, and pre engineering. Although my students are frequent witness to tragedy and ills of society surrounding them in their neighborhoods, their strength and desire to persevere and overcome inspires me daily. They deserve a world class education with the best tools and resources we can give them. Because my passion is science I feel it is imperative to create situations where all students, but particularly females and minorities, can envision themselves in science related careers so it is imperative that I give them experiences which bring scienctific tools, resources, and real world techniques into the classroom.
My students being of the technological explosion era and given their socioeconomic status rarely have an opportunity to interact with the natural world. This project will benefit them as it will allow me to bring nature into the classroom allowing my students hands on experience in the standards associated with life science/agricultural science/plant anatomy and physiology. The plants grown will not only provide nutrition which the students will grow themselves! It is fun but will also provide resources for experiments involving cellular analysis, division and growth, carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange, and photosynthesis. It is important that students can see how the concepts of life science taught in a classroom relate to real world topics. This is an awesome way for kids to use the concepts they are taught in class and apply them to hands on real scientific experiments in areas of life science. The plants grown in my classes will also be shared with other science teachers at my school to conduct experiments in their classrooms. The metal shelving will hold planters which will be watered manually which is why the shelf liners are needed. The grow lights are necessary to simulate sunlight indoors and one is needed for each shelf. The temperature and humidity monitors are needed for scientific data collection and manipulation. The surge protector is necessary to save the lights in case of a power outage which is frequent with Florida hurricanes.
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