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Earth Stewardship Project

The Earth Stewardship Project is a hands-on and project-based educational initiative that provides students the opportunity to develop 21st century critical thinking skills, creativity, innovation and an openness to new ideas and perspectives.

The Earth Stewardship Project provides the opportunity for teachers to infuse a project-based and research-oriented aspect to learning science in the classroom. The overall goal of the project is to develop the skills and abilities of students (cognitive abilities) to grow foods (herbs and vegetables) quickly and with vitality. Students investigate and experiment and come to understand the physical and chemical aspects of growing plants along with a greater understanding in the process of doing science that results in performance outcomes.

Initially, students study the nature of soil mediums and the physical and chemical aspects of this plant growing medium. Students study physical composition, water infiltration, and permeability of soil mediums. Students analyze the density of soils from different locations and experiment with different soil mixtures that result in optimizing the production of plant growth.

The research continues as students chemically test the concentration of macronutrients of Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorous in the soils and within organic natural fertilizers. As part of the project, students develop worm farms and aquaponic fish farms t...