Turns out spending lunch time once a week knee-deep in plants, science, math and hydroponics is super fun for these St. Raphael daycare students!
In phase two of the HydroFlora project happening at St. Raphael, students have moved from doing more hands-on projects to more theoretical learning, much to the amazement and happiness of the HydroFlora team, a visiting project based within the Concordia Greenhouse.
“In the beginning we worked mainly with hands-on projects to pull the interests of the students,” said Dominique Smith from HydroFlora. “In doing so they got a closer look at the anatomy of the plants.
“Over time we started to introduce simple diagrams and mathematics to explain the science of how the hydroponic systems work. In order to test whether or not the students were absorbing the information, we used fun jeopardy games to allow the students to express their knowledge. We discovered that the majority of the class, no matter their academic level, had picked up the basics of plant physiology through the means of practical practice. These tools are very necessary as the course advances into more sophisticated systems and projects.”
The end goal of the project is to create a living grow wall that students can take care of themselves. “We wish to encourage students to take up the responsibility to take care and notice any issues that may arise with the grow wall, and fix it themselves as a class,” added Dominique.
A little more about HydroFlora
HydroFlora is a visiting project based within the Concordia Greenhouse. Their goal is to make sustainability more attainable for future generations by introducing urban agriculture to local youth and community groups. Their hands-on workshops give students the creative freedom they need to exercise skills such as problem solving, teamwork, crafting and innovation.
Students are guided to create sustainable hydroponic systems made from recycled materials that they can use in the classroom or at home. The end goal is to provide the youth with engaging material that keeps them focused and learning in an interactive way. HydroFlora believes that regardless of a student’s academic level or behaviour style, learning-by-doing is a great way to teach and provide value to a student’s learning experience.