Seventh grade students willl research, design, and construct four hydroponics units, two for MRMS (first semester) and two for RMS (second semester). These units will include the hydroponics containers, a plant support system, and a lighting system. Additionally, students will explore hydroponics research conducted by NASA, including the effects of microgravity (gravitropism) to determine the benefits and/or limitations of growing plants hydroponically.
This study will continue throughout the year in all 7th grade science classes where the units will be placed. Students will cover SOL’s related to scientific investigation as they design experiments to study the effects of waste water from a trout aquarium upon the growth of plants. This experiment will be a bridge to another class project in which students raise native brook trout from the egg to Parr stage. If all goes well, the goal is for student to be able to harvest and eat the plants grown hydroponically.