In about 4 months the STEAM Garden will be 2 years old. It is largely self-sufficient with minimal maintenance. We have continued to make minor adjustments to the solutions, re-thought our lighting, and replanted.
STEAM Garden Final Phase
The STEAM Garden has been the centerpiece of the Creative Lab (Formerly STEAM Room) at the Club since we began focusing on STEAM Principals. The Garden hits every aspect of STEAM – The science of growing and the use of chemistry to feed the garden, The Technology of Aeroponic growing and LED Lighting, Engineering comes in the form of garden’s creation, and most recently, the use of a pulley (block and tackle) system for the lights, Art can be found in the decoration around the garden and using the garden for a variety of backdrops and to harvest materials from for use in art, and Math is often used to measure the chemistry and divide it between the four pods. The garden has provided a wealth of educational experience to the children and now it has reached a level of productivity that can also nourish their bodies. We’ve begun harvesting salads from the garden nearly weekly, depending on the demand. The next challenge for us is to refine the growth so it can grow even faster and offer more produce.
To meet the demands of our next challenge we took a major step forward and installed an industrial quality LED light system. The new light provides the intensity of the specific light wavebands required by plants to both grow and bloom. Paired with the industrial quality pumps and sprayers we installed last year, we can expect the plants to grow faster and healthier. We’ve also updated our solutions to provide more specific nutrients for the various needs of each plant type and growth stage. This opens up a new opportunity to teach the youth about plant growth and how the health of the plant effects the health of the person who eats it.