- Identify unique places where hydroponics can be used
- Describe why hydroponic systems are so versatile
What if every community were given a grant to buy 10 hydroponic systems that they could install anywhere? What if it were 100 systems? Imagine the potential production that would hold. How many families could be fed with 100 hydroponic systems?
The flagship Edible Learning Lab at the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Horns in Buffalo, WY started with 6 systems of 8 towers each for a total of 48 towers. Smaller greens can be planted just 6 inches apart which would be 10 plants per tower or 480 plants total. Now imagine that for 100 systems…8000 plants! That’s a lot of salads wouldn’t you say.
If you had the opportunity to place 100 systems (8 towers each) around your community where would you install them? What would you consider? Aesthetics? Accessibility? Proximity to one another? All you really need is a vertical surface, access to power, and water. Imagine the possibilities…
Tools & Materials
- SMART Board, white-board or chalkboard
- Vertical surface
Introduction (10 minutes)
Begin the lesson by defining for the Students exactly what is needed to install and run a hydroponic system. Then provide a few examples of where hydroponic systems have already been installed.
Activity (20 minutes)
Ask the Students to name other places in your community where these systems could be installed. Ask them to be creative and think of unique places that perhaps others have not thought of yet.Each system is 8 towers and the maximum density of plants is 10 per tower, assume that each system could produce 80 plants in one planting. Calculate the total number of plants that could be grown in one planting based on your list of locations.
Discussion (10 minutes)
Now that we have all this food, what do we do with it? How could we help feed the people in our community? Aside from food production, how else might hydroponic systems be used? What else could be grown?
Assessment (5 minutes)
Use the following questions to assess the Students before and after the lesson. Tally the responses of the group in the Assessment Tracking Log for comparison:
- By a show of hands, how many of you have seen a hydroponic system somewhere else? Where?
- Now that you understand how versatile hydroponics can be, how many of you think we should install more systems in our town?
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