We are constantly looking to educators to learn what new products and programs we can develop to engage students in career exploration and help them achieve success in high-demand jobs. As one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture, hydroponics (along with other high-tech growing methodologies) is changing the way the world thinks about food production. With our new line of hydroponics educational systems, you can give your students hands-on experience learning modern farming methods while addressing important topics related to sustainability, farm-to-school and how plants grow – right in your classroom.
Here are the top 5 reasons educators have told us they want to bring hydroponics into their classrooms:
1. Bring key science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts into class
The success of our economy – and our students’ futures – depends on an understanding of STEM concepts. Hydroponics exposes students to STEM in multiple ways, from understanding how a sustainable system works to grow plants and calculating correct nutrients and water levels to using problem-solving skills to discover issues with plants and make changes and tweaks to help determine what could have gone wrong.
2. Relevant teaching for any age
It is never too early or too late to teach students where food comes from – or help them prepare for an increasing amount of jobs in sustainable food production. Whether you’re introducing the concept of hydroponics to elementary school students; helping middle school students build their own systems; or teaching secondary and post-secondary students growth stages, essential nutrients, economics and budgeting, hydroponics agriculture can be a great way to reinvigorate your program and get your students interested in relevant careers.
3. Immediate hands-on learning opportunity
It is second nature for today’s process-oriented, connected students to interact use technology to collaborate and create; they demand immediacy in feedback and content. With hydroponics, students can get their hands dirty at every stage, from germination to harvesting. Plus, they can hone their communication, teamwork and critical thinking skills as they solve problems and measure success. The interactive experience that hydroponics provides will not only engage today’s students but also allow them to connect with the lessons and understand their relevancy on a global scale.
4. Wide range of topics to teach
Hydroponics offers a hands-on way to teach a wide variety of topics. Science, agriculture, and nutrition might be obvious, but you can also use hydroponics to address engineering, ecology, business, marketing… the list can go on. Depending on your program’s focus, you can incorporate so much more along the way!
5. Cross-departmental collaboration opportunities
A huge benefit to having hydroponics in your classroom is the opportunity for cross-departmental collaboration. Agriculture teachers, science teachers, culinary teachers, and food service employees can use hydroponics to collaborate on concepts of sustainable farming, farm-to-school programs and more.
Hydroponics is a great addition to any classroom. We welcome you to check out our line of hydroponics education systems by clicking here.