On April 28, Fast Company announced the winners of their 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards. Their annual awards program focuses on social good; the 3,000 entries from this year represent innovative businesses, policies, products and concepts that are helping to make the world a better place. Leaders in social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, venture capital and activism select the winners. Our Hydroponics Educational Systems received an Honorable Mention in the Education category of the awards. We couldn’t be more thrilled.
Designed with education in mind
Our Hydroponics Educational Systems were inspired by teachers. Before we debuted these systems last year, teachers in all areas of education – agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, science and STEM – had been telling us how important it was that they teach STEM concepts, sustainability and modern agriculture in their classrooms. They wanted to incorporate the farm-to-school movement into their programs. We created our Hydroponics Educational Systems to help teachers engage their students in all those topics – especially students who had never been to a farm, grown their own food or even seen green lettuce before.
Teachers can use our Plant Lab Educational Hydroponics System and Plant Producer Educational Hydroponics System to start growing fresh, healthy food in their classrooms right away. Their vertical design and built-in water, air flow and grow lighting are ideal for growing in a classroom. Each system also includes lesson plans, teaching resources and starter materials.
To meet teachers’ varying growing needs, we developed two different systems. The larger Plant Producer system can grow production-level quantities of greens while the smaller Plant Lab system lets users experiment with different quantities of plants on each of the unit’s three levels.
Growing student engagement year-round
As a company, our mission is to provide educators with products that engage students in workforce needs while improving social, emotional, and physical health through interactive technology. Our Hydroponics Educational Systems are a great example of our mission. We’re thrilled at the recognition from Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards, and we’re proud to be helping teachers “grow” the farm-to-school movement and address other important concepts year-round.
Click here to read the original post, published on Realityworks’ blog on April 28, 2020.