As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, we are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. About 30% of our students came from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Many are being raised in single-parent households and, based on their socioeconomic status, qualify for free lunch. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical."
My students are creative, clever, and very spontaneous.
They like to move, they love to read, and love lots of positive attention. To combat the many challenges they face, I am looking to provide them with the skills necessary to keep pace in today's high stakes learning environment. From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives; however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day.
My students will soon be learning about plant life, and what plants need to survive. A common misconception is that plants all need soil, and I would like to use these materials to teach my students about what plants really need to survive. A build it yourself hydroponics system would allow my students to see exactly what type of engineering it takes to create a self-contained system capable of growing multiple varieties of plants, without the use of soil or sunlight.
Please help my students experience the joy of building this system, and growing their own food.
With this project, they will become even more independent life long learners.
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