Splash! School Grants

Countryside High School

1. Summary
If your grant includes a field program, please state the location you will be visiting and provide a summary of the field program.

Hydroponic gardening is soil less gardening that conserves water and delivers the nutrients directly to the plant making them grow 30-50% faster than a soil plant. This type of gardening has fewer problems with bug infestations, funguses, and disease, thus requiring less pesticides and impact on our environment. The Splash! Mini-Grant will provide an opportunity for the students at Countryside High School to install a fully functioning hydroponic garden using the Hydro-Stacker Vertical Growing Systems, in order to grow vegetables and herbs. Students along with the Boy Scouts will install the garden in the area adjacent to the agriculture classroom in a space approximately 323 square feet. The students will learn how to properly plant seeds, feed, and harvest quality vegetables to be donated within the community to the Ronald Mc Donald House Charity. Teachers will use this garden to demonstrate how hydroponic gardening conserves water, and has less overall impact on our environment.

2. Activities
What activities will students complete throughout the grant? Remember the focus of your project must be on freshwater education. Will water savings be documented?

Students will be converting an unused caged in area adjacent to Mr. Atherholt’s agriculture classroom. They will be clearing the project area by removing and relocating debris and miscellaneous items. They will install the hydroponic garden by assembling and laying out the Hydro-Stacker vertical growing systems, filling the Hydro-Stacker units with growing medium, and planting the seeds to grow the herbs and vegetables. They will maintain, weed, and re-plant in the garden on an on-going basis. The students will harvest the vegetables and with the assistance of the CHS Student Government Association distribute the produce to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. In class, Mr. Atherholt’s students will calculate the amount of water saved by using the natural water cycle and hydroponics instead of the traditional sprinkler system method.

3. Project Message
How will your projectÕs message and/or lessons be shared with the greater school community, families or surrounding neighborhoods?

4. STEM Related
What STEM-related teaching strategies will be employed to actively engage students in water resources education?

Project budget

Item Cost Notes from SWFWMD staff
Banner to display Swiftmud logo
Vegetable seeds
seeds to plant vegetables
Seedlings to plant vegetables
Printing costs
printing costs for newsletters
44 gallon nutrient reservoir tanks
Tanks to hold nutrients
Supplies to secure nutrient injector
Supplies to secure nutrient injector
Trailer rental
Trailer needed to transport Hydro growing systems
PH testing kit
kit needed to test nutrient ph
Hydro-Stacker 20 unit planter system
Hydro-Stacker systems to grow vegetables

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