Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2017-18

Submitted by: Hal Krantz Email: Grade Level: 6-8 Subject: Science math reading
Co-Applicant:Nicole Phillips Email: Nicole.Phillips@BrowardschoolsGrade level: 6-8 Subject: SLD all subjects

School: Coral Springs Middle School Type: Public Grade Levels:6-8 County:Broward

Approx. Enrollment: 1300 Number of teachers:50

School Address:

Coral Springs , Florida 33076

Phone: 754-322-3000 Principal:Ian Murray Email: Ian.Murray@ Broward

Project Title: Hydroponic garden
Project Dates: October 30-June 1, 20 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Reading- Science- -

This project is needed to acquaint students with the growing process of vegetables and herbs. It will demonstrate them to need to take care of a garden and all the essentials that are necessary for the growth of such garden. It is also important that because of the method that will be used to grow garden that they understand how nutrients and other numerous factors are important for this process to take place in an indoor environment.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Our school will be one of the first if not the first in our area to incorporate a tower growing system that utilizes aero phonic to allow vegetable herbs and fruits to grow in an indoor environment and demonstrate to students that due to Advanced Technology gardens can be successfully grown in numerous environments. The project is aligned with district goals as it will be an innovative project where students can become part of an ongoing every day hands on project where they can see how their hard work and understanding of plants and how they grow in the chemistry behind an indoor environment. Being that this is a very innovative project and students will see success on a daily basis, based on growth of plants from seed to cultivating them for consumption will give the students a feeling that they have achieve something that is successful from start to finish. This project will accomplish the goal of letting students learn about ecosystem and the chemistry behind aero phonic garden that can be adapted to any classroom or family with limited space.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Objective 1 will be a pretest of a list of specific things that will be needed to make a successful indoor garden followed by a posttest at the end of the project Objective 2 Students will learn how to keep a scientific log of the growth of plants that are assigned to their group and report on a monthly basis the success or failure of the plants that were assigned to them Objective three students will understand the chemistry that is behind the ability of plants, vegetables and herbs to grow in a water environment rather than traditional growth and soil. One of the best ways for students with special needs to understand new concepts is to have those concepts in real-life situations. Projects that are hands-on especially with special needs students enhance their learning tenfold. Some of the ways that this project will be incorporated into our curriculum is having the students 1. SC.K.L.14.In.3 Identify differences in characteristics of plants A. All plants and animals, including humans, are alike in some ways and different in others and having the students identify different characteristics of the plants that are growing and how they differ from each other and how they differ from students in the classroom the concept seems simple enough but with special needs students this can be do very different. .SC.1.L.14.In.1 Use sight, hearing, and smell to make observations. Since students with special needs have limited reading skills is important for them to make observations to what they see what they hear and what they might be smelling. It will be important for them to notice the difference between the different smells that different plants give off, and having them taste different plants even though sometimes they might look the same they have a completely different smell and taste . SC.1.L.14.Pa.2 Recognize that plants have leaves. B. All plants and animals, including humans, have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them grow and reproduce. C. Humans can better understand the natural world through careful observation especially noticing the differences between plants their leaves and what they might be producing as vegetables.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
Working with children with special needs who have never been exposed to gardening will give them an opportunity on an ongoing basis to see plants grow from seeds to maturity and actually being used in the foods that we eat. There is no better way to teach children than to give them a hands-on experience. Even children with disabilities can be motivated to learn unbelievable things once given the opportunity that they never had before. A classroom garden is an experience that they might never encounter again. Many of my students living group homes or in inner-city housing and will never be exposed to vegetables and herbs and how they grow in this experience is something that they can keep with them for the rest of their lives. The classroom should be a learning experience and the time they enter the door until the bell rings at the end of the day and there is no better learning experience than hands-on.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
The students will be in charge of all the growing activities once they were learned what has to be done. The students will be utilizing pH and nutrient monitors to make sure that the water and the nutrient levels are sufficient for growth. Students will be designated different plants and monitoring the growth on the computers. Students will also be monitoring the growth cycle utilizing different hours of light. Because our classrooms are not in a building where there is sufficient light artificial grow lights are used to demonstrate that plants can be grown indoors.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
At the end of the project students will be given a post test that will include an oral exam and a written exam to see how their experience working with a hydroponic grow system has enhance their knowledge of plants and how a system like this can be utilized anywhere.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
The students in my classroom will be sharing their experience through many different phases here at school. The classroom becomes a vegetable garden which can supply many different things to the school and two other teachers in the school. Other personnel in the school can come in and pick needed herbs or vegetables that they might want to try out in their own homes. Students can bring these things back to their own homes and show their parents what they're doing in the classroom. This is an ongoing experiment because the plants continue to grow and new plans can be added at any time. The school which is our community will share in all the success that the garden brings within the classroom


Service/ Item Description Cost
2 Tower Garden® pH Kit $19.95 $39.90 / 2 Tower Garden® Growing System $525.00 $1050.00 1089.90
2Tower Garden® Extension Kit $70.00 $140.00 /2Tower Garden® Seedling Starter Kit $19.95 $3 179.90
2Tower Garden® Dolly $69.95 $139.90/ 2 Tower Garden Light Kit $219.00 $438.00 577.90
2Tower Garden® Net Pots $11.95 $23.90/2 Tower Garden® Tower Tonic™ $40.00 $80.00 103.90
shipping 236.50
Total Cost of Project 2188.10
If matching funds identified list source: 0
Donated Goods/Services: 0

I, Hal Krantz, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Ian Murray,the Principal of Coral Springs Middle School and any other individuals required by my school district.