STEM Agricultural Garden – An Outdoor Learning Resource

Key Points

  • Our STEM Garden, funded by the Local Schools Community Fund, a Commonwealth Government Grant, is now in its final stages.
  • The new garden will allow our students to plant, monitor, produce and use a range of fresh produce through the Science and Technology curriculums as well as use data to automate the care of some of the garden beds too.
  • Thank you to our community partners, The Tool Shed at Kirrawee and Bunnings Warehouse at Kirrawee who assisted in providing tools, seedlings and mulch to bring about increased opportunities for our students.
Year 7 planting

Our STEM Garden project is now in its final stages. This project was a development pursued at the end of last year to replace the overgrown gardens that existed behind the drama studio. Through securing the Local Schools Community Fund, a Commonwealth Government Grant, the project came to life this year and is on track to begin its integration into our teaching and learning programs next year.

The garden includes a 7m wide impressive dome greenhouse along with 5 garden bays that will allow our students to plant, monitor, produce and use a range of fresh produce through the Science and Technology curriculums. Of these 5 garden beds, one will be automated using Farmbot, a robotic planting and watering system that will allow us to gather information about the garden bed including temperature and moisture content and automate the actions required for the plant’s survival. The Farmbot will be housed inside the dome. 

We would like to welcome and thank our new community business partners, The Tool Store at Kirrawee who provided the digger to allow us to fill our garden beds quickly ready for planting. Thank you also to Bunnings Warehouse Kirrawee who donated all the seedlings, fruit trees and the mulch that will keep them moist throughout the summer. The generosity of our community partners in assisting us certainly goes a long way to providing increased opportunities for our students here at Gymea.

The garden beds are now planted with seedlings of a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Our Hospitality students along with some help from some Year 7 students assisted with the planting last week to bring the garden closer to completion.

The more technical side of the project is coming together too, with timed watering systems set up and automated air vents designed, developed and installed in the dome to make sure that the plant production is with adequate sunshine, appropriate heat and water to survive.

We are excited to see our students exploring the diversity that this space provides over the curriculum through Science and Technology next year!

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