Developing this framework came from a two part process. First, the contributors reviewed the GoP K-Grade 5 Hydroponics STEM curriculum and drew out major themes or Big Ideas. The Big Ideas are 1) Understanding Hydroponics, 2) How Hydroponics Relates to Your Life, 3) Water, 4) Seeds, 5) Plants, 6) Nutrition, 7) Environmental Sustainability, and 8) Designing Hydroponic Systems. The order of the Big Ideas can be adapted by teachers to fit their unique instructional needs.
Second, the contributors met for a series of writing workshops to identify the essential questions and subsequent content. The 7 categories covered in each Big Idea are:
- Cultural Significance,
- Regional Considerations,
- Suggested Topics,
- Suggested Activities,
- Cross-Curricular Ties, and
- Teacher Resources.
Chris Anderson, Green Our Planet’s Hydroponics Manager, said, “One of the best things about the whole project was meeting this amazing group of educators and activists who are making a difference in their communities by keeping tradition alive, while also innovating, and embracing new technologies. Working with them gave me hope and more validation for the work we are doing.”
Thank you to the Whole Kids Foundation; Joseph Kunkel, Obama Fellow and Principal,
MASS Design Group, Santa Fe; Roger Montoya, NM House, 40th District Representative, and CEO of Moving Arts Espanola; and all of the cadre members for bringing this project to life.