Megan and Bethany's grant was used to purchase tower garden systems to enhance the plant unit in the seventh grade science curriculum. These systems allow the seventh graders to work on gardening throughout the year, on both experimental units carried out over several months, and year round food production for the dining hall.
"Environmental sustainability is an underlying theme in the the Middle School science curriculum, which has included a plant unit for many years. This year, in an effort to further our STEAM programming, a hydroponic gardening unit was implemented on a small scale with a system constructed at school. The unit was met with success as far as learning outcomes, and sparked a desire to expand the study of plants and gardening with a better system in future years." Click here to read their full proposal.