Our classroom is currently working with a number of research partners as part of a greater citizen science campaign. Our vertical hydroponics farm has been crafted after models and data collection methods developed by researchers at Princeton University. Data related to water and energy consumption are being compared to the grams of yield for various species of vegetables.
We have also become a part of a joint Fairchild Botanical Gardens and NASA project in which we monitor the success of various candidates of vegetables to be grown on the International Space Station. Students make weekly observations related to general plant health and crop yield for plants being grown in an experimental growing medium that minimizes the water needs as these plants mature in the system.