NextWaveSTEM | Hydroponics Systems: Gardening Without Soil | We Teach | Designed for learners in Grades 3-5

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This introductory hydroponics course for grades 3-5 spans 15 lessons, introducing students to fundamental concepts. Including plant growth, germination, photosynthesis, hydroponics, pH, food sustainability, & future plant systems. Students will plant seeds in a hydroponics garden, culminating in designing a solution to a community or global problem.

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  • Live Instruction Services – Onsite or Remote
  • Equipment – Equipment is not included, additional purchase required
What? No Soil? Introduction Understanding the basics of hydroponics. Why hydroponics?
Identify benefits and challenges
Let’s Get Scientific! Plant Growth Parts of plants, plant roles and requirements and photosynthesis
Let’s Do It: Setting Up The Hydroponics System Necessary components, overview of the types of systems, purposes,
preparation and planting.
Let’s Be Picky: Hydroponics Crop Selection Which plants? Comparing, germination vs direct planting
Taking Care: Monitoring Plants Monitoring the Hydroponics system
Don’t Be A Pest: Insects Pesky, Pesty Bugs. Identify, Benefits & Solutions
The Circle Of Life: Plant Cycle Life Cycle and stages of plants + reproduction
Water Is Life: The Role of Water Learn more about water, climate change & roots: The water carriers
in plants—purposes, functions
Be A Scientists: Test Variables Threats to photosynthesis and plants
Farm To Table: Issues & Harvesting How to harvest crops and solutions to hunger
Are There More? Exploration Design a hydroponics system to solve a problem
Out Of This World Hydroponics system for a space station—for infinity and beyond!
What’s The Buzz? How aeroponics and aquaponics work, advantages and
disadvantages. Floating Gardens
Helping the Environment Advantages of plants and trees for the environment and the world
The Future of Hydroponics What the future holds in hydroponics using Technology and AI



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