The Teachers' Lounge

Using Soil-Less Science in the classroom is rewarding for everyone. Here, you can get the resources and inspiration you need to aid you in your teaching process.

Want to Have the Ultimate School Garden?

How do you get all of the benefits without the frustration?

You take everything that’s good about a school garden and put it on a wall. That’s right – a wall!

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The Education Blog

 

Posts specialized to help and highlight the community of soil-less science educators.

Classroom Garden Photos

Check out the amazing work students and teachers all across the United States are doing with their ZipGrow classroom gardens!

ZipGrow Towers for Every Subject! 

Use ZipGrow technology to teach a wide variety of concepts

Agriculture

  • Pest management
  • Greenhouse management
  • Plant disease/health
  • Urban Agriculture

Biology

  • Diseases and viruses
  • Fish biology and lifecycle
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Germination
  • Nitrification
  • Plant growth & lifecycle
  • Symbiotic relationships

Chemistry

  • Light properties and manipulation
  • Oxidation-reduction reactions
  • pH
  • Plant nutrients

Other Sciences

  • Botany
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Experimental design
  • Scientific process

Business

  • Administration/management/planning
  • Business planning
  • Finance
  • Marketing

Math

  • Calculating yields, water needs, etc.
  • Making change
  • Charting
  • Graphing

History

  • Agricultural development
  • Industrial development

USDA Farm to School

ZipGrow school gardens are recognized by the Farm to School programs.

Learn more about Farm to School.

The Supply Closet

This is where you can find physical teacher resources like videos, discussion topics, webinars, and more!

DIY Rolling Farm Wall Stand

DIY 2-Tower  Farm Wall

Wicking Strips for Hydroponics

Planting a New ZipGrow Tower

Nutrient Cycling and Decomposition

After students read Nutrient Cycling and Decomposition, use this discussion plan to define difficult vocabulary and test student understanding with critical thinking questions.

Using Hydroponics with STEM Education

Watch this pre-recorded webinar to learn more about how educators are using hydroponics to boost student creativity and competencies, what curriculum options are available, how to fund your system, and more.
We begin using aquaponics with our freshman in Biology to support teaching of aquatic ecosystems, intro to microbiology, intro to botany, cellular biology, photosynthesis, etc.  Our sophomore students take chemistry, and we use the aquaponics systems to teach about pH, oxidation-reduction reactions, etc.  All of our “hands-on” construction and system operations  aquaponics activities take place as a part of our Environmental Science I & II course sequence (Sustainable and Urban Agriculture), or as a component of independent student research. Kevin Savage

Environmental Science & Chemistry, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Have questions about your classroom setup? Or want to share your photos and experiences with us?

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