Hydroponics is changing the mindset of food production around the world. Since hydroponics doesn’t require soil and can be grown indoors, it is a perfect option for schools to implement in their classrooms. Growing vegetables at school will give students hands-on experience and learning any time of the year.
Let’s look at 6 reasons to teach about hydroponics in schools.
- Brings STEM in practical ways in class: The full form of STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths and hydroponics is a natural fit. This helps students become thinkers, and increases knowledge in science and innovation. STEM learning will equip our future generation with tools and knowledge to create a sustainable and healthy food production system. Hydroponics uses a nutrient-rich solution, can be used in a small space, and can be grown year-round. They also include a reservoir to save excess water and grow lights. This encourages students in learning and practically applying concepts from physics, chemistry, and biology while observing plant growth.
- Practice Soft Skills: Critical thinking, perseverance, and teamwork are some soft skills students can develop as they work together. This forces students to make critical decisions and solve problems that can help them and others grow. Students will be able to address failure, encouraging leadership, and the development skills for the future.
- Hands-on Learning: Hydroponics will encourage students to have hands-on experience to grow their vegetables and herbs. They get a real view of how the plants are growing and developing to produce vegetables and fruits. This will make them responsible for the herbs they grow. Growing herbs indoors in classrooms will bring satisfaction and could be a way of encouraging them to eat healthy food. Beyond giving them deeper learning on botanical growth, they’ll learn how to use hydroponic systems to grow organic food.
- Achieve Sustainability for the Future: One of the biggest aims to teach students about hydroponics is to encourage them to build a sustainable future. With transportation, pesticides in crops, and various other issues in traditional farming, hydroponics can save the environment. Producing healthy food is important. They’ll learn where food comes from. Since they are the future, teaching them about all these factors is very important. They’ll also learn how to respect nature and the environment around them.
- Learn About Various Vegetables: Students can learn about different herbs and vegetables as well. With hydroponic systems controlling all the seasonal factors, growing any type of herbs is easy. That means students have a variety of herbs to learn about and grow. Also, they can learn about the process of photosynthesis in plants. They can build knowledge on the best herbs to grow indoors and their specific needs.
- Increase Attentiveness: In today’s time, students can have less attention span. With hydroponics, teachers will see an increase in overall awareness or attentiveness in students’ academics. It will also encourage them to ask questions and focus on the responsibility of taking care of the plants. This also makes it a practical method of learning that can help them in their science studies.
If you want to grow your own vegetables in your school or classroom, contact Eponic to learn more and know which products you can use in your classroom. We have hydroponic products for all budgets and classroom sizes.