The PS 199 Science Center, a Greenhouse Project Partner, is a greenhouse laboratory that will be built at PS 199, The Jesse Isador Straus School, a K-5 neighborhood school in District 3 of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The vision of the science center is to encourage grade school children to embrace science while making educated choices about their impact on the environment. The laboratory will be built to accommodate a small urban farm and environmental science laboratory to further STEM education in New York City.
WHAT WILL BE INSIDE THE GREENHOUSE?
INTERACTIVE WEATHER STATION
Interactive displays allow students to monitor and record variables such as humidity, temperature, solar radiation, and carbon dioxide both inside and outside the greenhouse.
HYDROPONIC GROWING SYSTEMS
Hydroponic crops require one-tenth the water of conventional farming. Crops include tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, peppers, lettuces, herbs and flowers.
Fish produce waste that is pumped through a bio-filter and converted into nutrients which plants can use.
Water needed for plant irrigation comes from rain that is captured on the roof of the greenhouse, and then stored in water tanks.
An evaporative passive cooling system relies on the absorption of heat by water as it changes from liquid to vapor, which greatly reduces the amount of electricity needed to cool the greenhouse.
WORM COMPOSTING STATION
A fantastic way to teach students about the process of decomposition and the importance of reducing the amount of waste that enters landfills.
SOLAR POWER & WIND ENERGY
During a time when our dependence on fossil fuels is greater than ever, teaching students about renewable energy options is essential to their understanding of sustainability.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Pesticides will not be used on any of the plants in the greenhouse. Instead, beneficial bugs, such as ladybugs, will fight the pest bugs.
Content provided by our Greenhouse Project partners at NYSunWorks
HOW WILL STUDENTS BENEFIT?
Students will learn major science concepts through hands-on activities, critical thinking, and by interaction with greenhouse technology.
LEARN where food comes from, how much energy and water is needed to produce it, the relationship between diet and health, and the links between food and the environment.
MEET AND EXCEED New York City Science Standards.
MAKE CONNECTIONS between Science and Social Studies classes,and how those subjects relate to the world they live in.
GAIN IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE about ecology, natural resources management systems, and foodsheds.
SEE CONNECTIONS between food production and nutrition.
DISCOVER creative thinking about food systems and horticulture.
UNDERSTAND the global context of agriculture and sustainability.
BE EMPOWERED to make their own choices about their impact on the environment and the world.