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Project - The hanging garden

GIN Conference - Graded, São Paulo, October 2012
by Antonio Travassos on 6 April 2013

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Transcript of Project - The hanging garden

Large metropolises are a great example of the restricted physical area available for gardening, leading people to move towards more sustainable ways to obtain organic, clean, healthy vegetables, at low cost and easy management. Children and youngsters of school age in metropole cities need places where they can get in touch with nature in order to more fully realize their physical, intellectual and emotional development needs. There are many theoretical and practical scientific studies on the benefit of school gardens for various educational purposes,
(Sibel and Ali, 2010). The hands-on and informal learning that occurs in these outdoor areas can be incorporated into all areas of the curriculum, fostering environmental awareness and increased interest in science, (Amy and Kathryn, 2005). Plants do not discriminate and they are not judgmental regarding a person’s abilities. Plants respond to caregivers with rewards of new growth, flowers, or fruits. This success brings a sense of achievement and improves self-awareness (DiNardo et al., 2012). School gardens have been shown to be beneficial to elementary school students through several studies and align with the current constructivist theory of learning, (Kathryn and Amy, 2003). The present project aims to implement a hanging garden in the American School of Recife, with a cost-free watering system. Lycopersicon esculentum L. Capsicum frutescens L. Lactuca sativa L. Ocimum basilicumL. Seeds of lactuca sativa (lettuce) Flower of Luffa cylindrica What, Why and For What?

The answer to this question has motivated a group of teachers and middle/high school students at the American School of Recife. The idea soon became another project for the after school Eco-Club, quickly gaining the students´ and teachers´ buy-in, acceptance and passion. Due to the lack of physical space, gardens and home yards have become much smaller than in the past, urging the need to come up with creative ways to grow herbs and vegetables within limited space. The Hanging Garden: A multidisciplinary initiative at the American School of Recife
By:
Andreza Faustino, Filipe Spiegelberg, Gabriel Neves, Giulia Sotero. Kalina Tenório and Tatiana Loureiro.
Advisors: Dr. Travassos and MSc. Raquel Souto METHODOLOGY RESULTS
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