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Mrs. Harris from Newport News VA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Challenge: Hydroponics for Our Future

Help me give my students access to a hydroponic gardening system that will integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into our curriculum!

  • $439 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work at an amazing school that is completely dedicated to student success. The group of second grade students I have this year will benefit greatly from the opportunity to read, write, and learn in an environment that supports the developmental needs of 7-8 year-olds. I teach in a collaborative class, which means all needs are present.

My students are incredible individuals with various needs and strengths that I strive to differentiate for on a personal level.

The progress my students have shown from their needs being met by generous donations is evident in the data and formative assessments I collect daily.

My Project

This project requests supplies to not only teach my students about the value of hydroponic gardening in a world with limited resources, but allows them to create their own hydroponic garden in the classroom.

Through the use of hands-on STEM supplies that this project is requesting, my students will be able to set up their very own hydroponic system, and reap what they sow!

In the traditional sense of growing plants, the soil is one major way that plants get the nutrients they need to grow, along with the sun & water.

With hydroponics, alternatives to those nutrients are directly fed to plants instead of being absorbed by the plants through soil. This way, the use of soil is able to be completely erased.

One of the best things about hydroponics is that less land is needed to grow plants, compared to traditional farming methods.

This may not sound like an environmental benefit, but it is. Just imagine: How much fuel do we consume on a daily basis to ship food long distances to markets?

With hydroponics, commercial growers have the option of establishing their greenhouses in locations that are closer to their intended markets or distribution channels.

Essentially, this cuts down the need for expensive transportation. This improves the profit of the hydroponics grower and also cuts down the pollution associated with the transportation of goods.

With hydroponics, there is a central nutrient reservoir or water bank, and the water in this water bank is either circulated or fed directly to the plants.

There is some loss to evaporation, which is normal, but much of the water is retained for days and weeks.

Mrs. Harris
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Visual Desktop Hydroponics Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $89.77 2 $179.54
Carolina STEM Challenge: Hydroponics Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $89.95 1 $89.95
Student Hydroponics Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $38.25 1 $38.25

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