6th grade students design and build greenhouse

6th grade students design and build greenhouse
Posted on 02/04/2019
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Sixth grade students in Mrs. Baker’s and Mr. Brown’s WIN (What I Need) class have been putting their STEAM skills to work over the past few months in the planning, designing, and construction of a greenhouse measuring 8’ x 8’x 7’ 8”

The project was funded by a grant from the Warren County Department of Soil and Conservation and is student driven and student lead. The first decision was to identify what type of project would best serve the student population. Once a greenhouse was decided upon, the students worked in breakout groups to create various designs in “SketchUp,” a to-scale 3-D drawing program. Each group followed their floor plan and built a small proto-type, mainly using cardboard and straws. Each group compared and contrasted the pro-totypes and collaboratively selected the best features of each, in creating a blueprint for the design. The students created a list of supplies they would need, while staying within budget, and took an online shopping tour.

Throughout building the actual greenhouse, several students commented they had to make some minor changes and adjustments. “What might work on paper doesn’t always work in the real construction,” once student exclaimed. The students also learned that the time estimated for the completion of project has taken slightly longer than planned. “Measure, and measure twice,” remarked another student. In addition to some human error, they attributed some of the delay to snow days and assemblies, which they did not factor in. “It’s really no different than construction getting delayed due to weather, equipment breaking down and other unplanned occurrences,” commented one of the students.

The class anticipates the greenhouse to be completed after the winter recess in February. They explore which vegetables yield the highest volume in the space and sunlight available with Mrs. Christene Baker. The plan is to provide healthy snacks for fellow students.

Stay tuned as we continue to track the progress of the completion of the greenhouse, and the planting and harvesting of vegetables.






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