Source: Brookwood High School submitted to
DEVELOPMENT OF HYDROPONICS FOR HIGH SCHOOL HORTICULTURE CURRICULUM
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
TERMINATED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0203352
Grant No.
2005-38414-15683
Project No.
WISE-2005-02736
Proposal No.
2005-02736
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
OW
Project Start Date
Jun 1, 2005
Project End Date
May 31, 2007
Grant Year
2005
Project Director
VonRuden, G.
Recipient Organization
Brookwood High School
(N/A)
Ontario,WI 54651
Performing Department
(N/A)
Non Technical Summary
The horticulture curriculum does not adequately educate students about hydroponics. This project will improve the horticulture curriculum by expanding the hydroponics unit with input from an industry expert and higher education faculty.
Animal Health Component
100%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
(N/A)
Applied
100%
Developmental
(N/A)
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
90360993020100%
Goals / Objectives
This project has two main objectives. Objective 1: Develop and implement hydroponics unit in the horticulture curriculum. The agricultural teacher will work with an industry expert to increase his content knowledge on hydroponics and design an expanded unit to be taught as part of the horticulture curriculum. The expected results are additional course materials being available to students and improved teaching competency of the agriculture teacher as measured by an observed, overall increase in student knowledge on hydroponics as evidenced by a 60% increase in post-test scores. Objective 2: Disseminate curriculum to local and state agencies and schools throughout the nation. The curriculum and pre- and post- test outcome data will be distributed to various organizations with the expected result of a strengthened network of teachers, higher education faculty, and those working in the hydroponics industry in Wisconsin.
Project Methods
The approach to this project will be as follows: 1. Agriculture teacher will review horticulture curriculum. 2. Agriculture teacher will participate in training on hydroponics with industry expert. 3. Agriculture teacher will submit curriculum to higher education faculty for feedback and integrate feedback. 4. Agriculture teacher will order, receive, and organize classroom materials and equipment necessary to implement curriculum. 5. Pre-test students on hydroponics knowledge. 6. Implement hydroponics curriculum. 7. Post-test students on hydroponics knowledge. 8. Conduct dissemination efforts at Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educator's Conference, FFA Conference, distribute information to stakeholders. 9. Report to administration, Board of Education, and USDA on project completion and evaluation.

Progress 06/01/05 to 05/31/07

Outputs
The Development of Hydroponics for High School Horticulture Curriculum project has had a successful second year. Based on lessons learned in the first year of implementation, students were able to be more productive this year. Specifically, by using less growing medium, improving pollination technique, increasing pruning, and planting fewer plants, students were able to better meet the nutritional needs of the plants and experience a higher crop yield. PRODUCTS: The products of the project are an ongoing, updated hydroponics curriculum that was taught to 10 students and four dissemination activities described below. OUTCOMES: The outcome of the project was increased knowledge among students of the scientific principles underpinning hydroponic production. DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES: The dissemintation activities included the following: a speaking presentation on the project to 25 attendees at the National Association of Agriculture Educators convention; a poster presentation on the project to 100 attendees at the National Association of Agriculture Educators convention; distribution of 80 information packets on the project and the curriculum to attendees at the National Association of Agriculture Educators convention; 10 parents visited the classroom to observe the hydroponics equipment and process; and, hydroponically grown produce was distributed to school staff and students and used in the school kitchen. FUTURE INITIATIVES: The curriculum will continue to be implemented yearly. Projected enrollment is expected to increase to 14 for the 2007-08 school year.

Impacts
The impacts of the project are as follows: increased knowledge of scientific priniciples undergirding hydroponic produce production; multiple local and national dissemination activities; and, projected increase in enrollment for 2007-08.

Publications

  • No publications reported this period


Progress 06/01/05 to 05/31/06

Outputs
The Development of Hydroponics for High School Horticulture Curriculum project is a success. G. VonRuden developed a hydroponics curriculum, had it reviewed by a University of Wisconsin-River Falls faculty member, obtained training from a hydroponics industry expert, ordered and assembled necessary curriculum supplies, and implemented the hydroponics curriculum with eight students in the initial year of the program. PRODUCTS: The products of the project are an updated horticulture hydroponics unit and seven disseminiation activities (described below). OUTCOMES: The outcomes of this project are a 68 percent increase in student knowledge of hydroponics as measured by a pre- and post-test and increased knowledge within the community about hydroponics. DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES: Seven dissemination activities have taken place to date. Roger Swanson, Ph.D., faculty at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, reviewed the curriculum and provided feedback. Fifteen members of the local Future Farmers of America Alumni Club participated in a site visit and question and answer session regarding hydroponics. Ten members of the Western Technical College Young Farmer's class discussed hydroponics as part of their course topics (course held at Brookwwod High School in the hypdroponics lab/agriculture classroom). The school administrators (High School Principal and Superintendent) have participated in a question and answer session regarding hydroponics with the agriculture educator and the project is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Education in August or Septmeber, 2006. Elementary school students (grades K-6) learned about hydroponics as part of a combined curriculum activity with High School horticulture students. The County Line local newspaper published a brief feature and photo on the project. Two grant writers contacted the Distirct for information on grant preparation and implementation. Copies of the grant application were shared with both Districts. Mr. VonRuden (Project Director) developed a summary document on the course of study and student activities and outcomes. He distributed it to the University of Wisconsin Monroe County Extension Agriculture Agent, Hermes Floral, Tomato Patch Hydroponic Growers, and other interested groups along with an offer to provide additional information. He also volunteered to provide a hydroponics presentation at the Wisconsin Agriculture Educator's Conference but was not selected this year. FUTURE INITIATIVES: The hydroponics unit will continue to be taught within the horticulture curriculum. Enrollment is anticipated to increase to 12-14 students for the 2006-07 school year.

Impacts
The impacts of the project are improved knowledge and understanding of hydroponics as measured by pre- and post-test, a community that is better informed about hydroponics, and an informal network of hydroponic enthusiasts and industry participants who are aware of the resources and information available from the Project Director.

Publications

  • No publications reported this period