Advantage Granted: Hydroponic Vertical Grow-Wall In Middle School

The Edfund of Hamilton-Wenham is proud to announce an exciting new grant that braids science, math and technology into one incredible experience for our Miles River Middle School students. It's a Hydroponic Vertical Grow Wall and was requested by Life Skills teacher, Danielle Petrucci.

A cross-curricular grant.

The wall is a cross-curricular, project based learning experience envisioned by eight faculty members representing science, wellness, math and food services.  

Students in the middle school take responsibility for caring for the plants including planting, testing water samples, assessing and adjusting water flow.

Science, math and technology hands-on lessons abound as they learn about optimal lighting, plant life cycles and balancing nutrient needs in this automated self-contained system.

Here are some pictures of the set up:

One of our tastier grants.

Students will collaborate with food services to grow crops that can be used in preparing meals for the student body (basil and oregano are in the works for the fall!). Students and teachers are building community partnerships as they work with ACORD to provide fresh, local, organic produce for those in need.

In addition to the educational opportunities, the wall is visually appealing and, as it is located in the cafeteria, brings deeper awareness and connection to the natural world.  

Over And Above Award Winner: Danielle Petrucci.

Danielle Petrucci (left) presented with the Over And Above award from Grants Chairperson, Dana Allara.

Danielle Petrucci (left) presented with the Over And Above award from Grants Chairperson, Dana Allara.

Because of this grant Danielle Petrucci was the 2016 recipient of the Edfund’s annual ‘Over and Above’ award for her Hydroponic Vertical Grow Wall grant.  

Ribbon cutting on June 9th.

The wall is up and running and currently growing a variety of lettuces. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on the evening of June 9th during the science fair at the middle school.

Please join Mrs. Petrucci and the Edfund in dedicating this exciting new grant.