Classroom Garden

Classroom Garden Photo

All fourth-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School recently extended their knowledge of plant life by working together to construct a hydroponic garden tower.

Prior to the construction of the system, the students studied the responses to seeds and seedlings to varying environmental conditions, including pole beans, which were grown in the traditional way using soil, water and sunlight.   

Students worked together using various tools such as wrenches and levels to construct the plant tower, tomato cage and install lights essential for healthy plant growth. After the assembly, they transplanted the bean plants to the garden tower, washing away excess dirt and leaving just the roots exposed. They were also able to test and regulate the pH balance to maximize the growth of the plants.

Additionally, students discussed and researched the pros, cons and other methods of growing plants. In doing so, they discovered plants can be grown many different ways to adapt to specific environmental constraints.