Inspired by New York Sun Works’s Science Barge, a floating laboratory and urban farm, The Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies–the flagship Greenhouse Project Science Laboratory–opened in the fall of 2010 at the Manhattan School for Children (P.S. 333.) It’s a novel way, not of learning, but rather of experiencing science. In this living lab, which is an integrated part of the school’s curriculum, students learn to appreciate the importance of sustainable development and the connections between cultural and biological diversity, while at the same time they become empowered to make educated choices about their own impact on the environment. It’s a whole learning approach–students make connections between what they are learning in science and social studies and how all of it is reflected in the world in which they live.
Via Japan Aquaponics, Samuel Perez, Alan Yoshioka, FarmRoof®