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Ms. Andresen from Janesville WI is requesting lab equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Hydroponics and the Butterfly

Help me give my students a butterfly hydroponics kit to learn about plants and butterflies.

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My Students

At my elementary school, we have an amazing building of students from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Our school is home to general, special, and gifted education programs. The school creed states that each student is unique and important. They believe in the themselves and their ability to work with others, persevere, learn and keep others safe. They are all ready to succeed.

Our students love hands-on, STEM learning that challenges them in a variety of new ways.

The students enjoy seeing science in action and being able to interact with something that is real life. We want to be able to offer as many opportunities for our students as possible. Despite being a low income, title school, we do not have low expectations for our students!

My Project

The butterfly hydroponics kit will be used to teach students about metamorphosis and hydroponics at the same time. Since ours is a K-5 building, this kit will be displayed in our Makerspace allowing all classrooms to participate in the observations, nurturing, and activities. This project allows students to see plants grown in a different way than what we have in our garden or surrounding farms. All kids love butterflies, so this is an exciting way to teach kids about growing food without using soil and watching how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

"Children are messy little scientists who come to us, eyes bright with wonder, all their senses open and motors running" - Jim Greenman.

Not only will students learn about plant growth and metamorphosis here through hydroponics, but also with a aquaponics system that will allow them to see how we can sustain life and food resources. This doesn't only apply to us here on earth, but also on the International Space Station, and who knows from there!

Ms. Andresen
Grades 3-5

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Butterfly Hydroponics Kit • Nasco $199.95 1 $199.95

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