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… and so much more. With our new line of hydroponics educational systems, you can give your students hands-on experience exploring STEM concepts and developing soft skills. You can also address important topics related to sustainability, farm-to-school and how food grows.
Here are the top 5 reasons educators are using hydroponics educational systems into their classrooms.
Reason #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.
Reason #2: Offer engaging opportunities to practice soft skills
Collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking… the list of soft skills students will use as they work together to grow food is endless. 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 and nutrients, hydroponics can be a great way to practice the in-demand soft skills your students will need in any job.
Reason #3: Provide immediate hands-on learning opportunities
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.
Reason #4: Teach a wide range of topics
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 and marketing. Students can even practice important soft skills like teamwork, critical thinking and accountability as they work together to grow food. Depending on your program’s focus, you can incorporate so much more along the way!
Reason #5: Create 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.
Free guide: Hydroponics: Know How to Grow
Use this guide to learn the benefits of hydroponics, how hydroponics systems work and what you need to start growing fresh, healthy food in your classroom. The guide also includes a free poster on the impact of classroom gardens. Get yours here.