In 2014, students at Edison Middle School will established a living lab at Fowler Farm where they can experiment with sustainable gardening, plant apples trees and work alongside local gardening experts. Their teacher, Julie Anders, was inspired by an agriculture program at Parkland College, so she approached a local farmer about using a portion of his land close to the school. The farmer, Michael Vitoux, agreed to buy the apple trees, and the students have already been doing experiments with drones to study photosynthesis and invasive species.
The students needed basic equipment for the lab, so Julie applied for an It’s My I.D.E.A. grant from CUSchools foundation. Funds from the grant were used to purchase wagons, wheel barrows, shovels and gardening gloves. How’s that for hands-on learning!