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Garden - Panthers' Produce

PULSE Summer Institute 2014 - STEM Co-op Garden Presentation
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Sean Kennedy

on 8 May 2015

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Panthers' Produce Garden
Overview
A collaboration between 6th grade engineering, 7th grade mathematics and 8th grade science classes to create and maintain a garden in our inner courtyard. Our students will take pride in growing a garden to enhance our school community. Students will learn by applying concepts within the standards to find solutions to a real-world challenge.
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Educators Involved:
Anthony Boyer
Amy Ferg
Theresa Hartz
Sean Kennedy
Kristine O'Brien
Timeline
Engineering - Site Construction
7th Grade Mathematics
Overview:
Student generated layout based on area dimensions and budget.
Choose plants and soils based on work from their science class.
Research growth areas and create a sketch of their project.
Calculate the volume and cost of their raised bed garden.
Students will present the information to the 8th grade class who will be able to vote on the layout they want to use for the garden.
Essential Question:
How can we use area and volume to solve real-world problems?


Objective:
Students will be able to find the area of a rectangle and volume of a rectangular prism and apply their knowledge of these concepts to construct solutions to real-world problems.
Big Ideas:
Solving problems using area and volume.
Connecting similarity to solids.
8th Grade Science
- Garden Care & Maintenance
Overview:
Students will discuss the design brief and brainstorm possible solutions.
The class will discuss the efficiency and practicality of each design.
Students will vote for the best designs and build prototypes out of Popsicle sticks.
The final sketches and prototypes will be evaluated as a class and the final product will be presented for approval to the 8th grade class.
Upon receiving approval from the 8th grade, students will work together to build the full scale elevated garden plots.
Objective
Students will utilize elements of the design process to solve real world problems.
Overview:
The 8th grade science students will play a key role in the planting, maintaining and observing of the school garden as well as exploring the impacts humans have on agriculture and Earth's resources.
Essential Questions:
Where would we be without agriculture?
What are the issues in agriculture and how do humans play a role?

Big Ideas:
The Earth's surface processes affect and are affected by human activities.
Areas available for the gardens...
There are opportunities for other disciplines to become involved in our initiative as well. Here are some examples:
History classes may compare older farming practices to new practices, or older issues to new age ones.
Health classes may choose to have students investigate healthy food choices.
English classes may choose to have students keep a food diary to have them reflect on good and bad eating habits.
Biology classes will have many opportunities to study the garden and visiting critters.
Objectives:
Students will perform multiple investigations on different soil types to decide which soil is best for a garden.
Students will explain that the Sun is the major source of energy and how it impacts the environment.
Students will compare and contrast the use of fertilizer on plants.
Students will describe potential impacts of human-made processes (e.g./ manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, mining) on Earth's resources.
Students will create an evidence-based argument on how humans have impacted agriculture and Earth's natural resources.
Students will organize notes, data and other work in a science notebook.
The following timeline is a summary of our planned lessons and activities:
Images:
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3173/2494674145_bfbc88faa0.jpg?v=1210878200
http://homesgardenideas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/raised-vegetable-garden-design-ideas-71.jpg
http://www.plantandplate.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/lead-test-for-soil.jpg
http://www.motherearthnews.com/~/media/Images/MEN/Editorial/Articles/Magazine%20Articles/2012/08-01/A%20Better%20Rainwater-Harvesting%20System/Rainwater%20Harvesting%20System%20Illustration.jpg

These are two visual examples of how our raised garden beds should look after construction.
TEDxHilo
Nancy Redfeather on the School Gardens Project in Hawaii.
Our engineering classes will create additions in subsequent years, such as:
Rainwater collection and irrigation systems.
Pollinator patches.
What does corn say when it feels embarrassed?

"Aw, shucks!"
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