Looking for a way to incorporate more engineering and STEM subjects into your cross-curricular Biology class? This is a fully inclusive engineering project for Biology students interested in agriculture, formed around the Design Thinking Principles.
We want to be able to provide healthy lunches to the students at school. We need to build a greenhouse that will be able to grow certain edible plants using the most space available. We will ask for donations of materials from local businesses, but we must be able to keep costs below $250 in order to build this as an after school club. Additionally, our school district will not allow us to create a permanent greenhouse on their property, so it must be easily deconstructable – meaning that we cannot leave a footprint or permanently change the landscape of the school grounds.
- Identify the problem facing the school
- Interview valuable stakeholders in the school to determine need
- Research greenhouse design and farming techniques
- Create scaled drawings of the intended greenhouse
- Create blueprint of greenhouse
1. I can explain different greenhouse structures and environments.
2. I can identify different soil- and non-soil-based methods of farming.
3. I can identify containers used for gardening.
4. I can explain the different environmental control functions (lighting, temperature, etc.).
5. I can understand space limitations and maximize surface area.
6. I can recognize nutritional benefits of edible plants.
7. I can construct a prototype greenhouse for display.