Build a micro greenhouse, code a micro:bit to monitor and control conditions, and grow microgreens – an insight into sustainable farming.
With a sustainability focus pupils explore the impact of traditional food production models and climate change on biodiversity in Wales.
They explore urban farming and controlled environment farming as alternatives with advantages for food security and sustainability more broadly.
They are encouraged to think about how the choices they make directly impact the world around them and how technology, in the form of controlled environment farming, can bring about new ideas and new approaches.
They are introduced to microgreens as an increasingly popular crop choice that is particularly suited to anything from a windowsill to large scale commercial production. The microgreens are fast growing allowing them to witness the full growing cycle from seed to plate in 7 to 10 days.
As well as assembling the physical indoor greenhouse from a kit of parts and fitting it with various electronic components, pupils use Microsoft MakeCode to block code sensors and actuators that allow them to collect environmental data whilst their greenhouse automatically responds to the needs of their crop. The data collection system pupils code will record data from selected sensors throughout the cycle, making the data available for further statistical analysis.
Throughout the workshop pupils are assigned roles within their teams that encourage them to think about their skills and how these might relate to future career aspirations or opportunities in STEM.
Location and cost
Available to classes of 5 to 30 students, in secondary schools in Wales.
Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects
Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects
Learning what the engineering workplace is like
Develop engineering employability skills
Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers
Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering
The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:
The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:
Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.
Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.
A STEM and enterprise programme focused on sustainability and youth empowerment - over 30,000 students nationwide have benefitted so far!
Interactive and educational Minecraft game to play in the classroom where students will discover their inner vertical farmer and see how their ideas can make a difference to the future of food.
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