Classroom systems developed by Wisconsin company Realityworks, Inc. recognized for their positive impact on education
Eau Claire, Wis. (April 28, 2020) – Realityworks, Inc. announces that their Hydroponics Educational Systems have earned an Honorable Mention in the Education category of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards. The annual competition honors businesses and organizations driving change in the world; winners are selected from experts in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, venture capital, activism and more. Realityworks’ Hydroponics Educational Systems were recognized for helping teachers make an impact in the classroom – with these easy-to-use systems, teachers are engaging more students in the farm-to-school movement, high-tech agriculture concepts, growing healthy food and more.
“We are thrilled to be selected as an honorable mention in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards,” said Timm Boettcher, Realityworks President and CEO. “Our mission is to provide products that engage students in workforce needs while improving social, emotional, and physical health through interactive technology. Our Hydroponics Educational Systems, inspired by teachers’ need for learning aids that address STEM and sustainability, are a great example of that”
Realityworks’ Hydroponics Educational Systems are available in two sizes so teachers can easily grow fresh, healthy food in their classrooms. The larger Plant Producer Educational Hydroponics System is designed to grow production-level quantities of greens, ideal for farm-to-school programs where significant quantities of produce are needed. The smaller Plant Lab Educational Hydroponics System is designed to enable experimentation with varying quantities of fruits, vegetables and herbs on a smaller scale. Based on feedback from teachers, both systems include lesson plans and teaching materials, and arrive almost fully assembled. Their sleek design accommodates limited classroom space, yet both can grow several plants on each shelf.
“We have heard from teachers that some kids have never seen green lettuce, and many know little to nothing about healthy eating habits,” said Jamey McIntosh, Realityworks Product Manager. “Instructors are looking for new and innovative ways to get help students develop skills that will help them in life and in careers, and we’re seeing these systems do exactly that. The farm-to-school movement is impactful. Hydroponics can help grow that concept year-round in schools.”
Realityworks’ Hydroponics Educational Systems belong to a product line focused on bringing realism into the classroom and engaging today’s students while teaching in-demand skills and offering career exploration. Realityworks continues to look for other product development opportunities to engage today’s students in needed careers within CTE, STEM, and in areas with a skills gap.
About Fast Company and the World Changing Ideas Awards
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About Realityworks, Inc.
Established over 20 years ago, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students, help educators teach needed skills and provide career exploration opportunities. Realityworks comprehensive learning solutions combine curriculum with hands-on learning tools, student activities and assessments to create innovative classroom-based learning environments that make a difference. These solutions are used in middle, secondary and post-secondary schools to address a variety of Career & Technical Education pathways, including health & human services, health sciences, welding and trade skills, agriculture education, sex education and more. With simulators in more than 70 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 90 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact on the lives of youth all over the world. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.