The STEM Garden has five main areas:
Science: A rain garden with native carnivorous plants anchors the Science area and will educate students on water conservation, filtration, recycling, collection and use, pollution reduction and erosion control. Secondarily this area focuses on insect/plant interactions and digestive processes in a specialized ecosystem by growing and displaying carnivorous plants.
Technology: The Technology garden has two educational areas: a solar powered charging station and a weather station. These emphasize the use of solar energy, power generation/conservation and responsible use, weather prediction, trending and tracking. Show how to use charging station. Weatherunderground app.
Engineering: A donated, working windmill is featured in the Engineering area. In the windmill pond, fish waste nutrient water is pumped through a small hydroponic plant growing farm. Wind energy, recycling of animal wastes and non-soil based farming is emphasized in this area. Nearby is a human sundial. Users can use the sun to tell time and compare ancient to modern concepts of the earth’s rotation and relationship to the sun.
Math: The Math area has geometric plantings for use in mass/volume calculations, a Fibonacci patio that introduces this mathematical model and its relationship to nature and a backgammon table. We hope to interest the students in not only the game, but in its mathematical lessons of counting, predication and chance. Supplies available from Cyndi.
Event Space: In the center of the STEM garden is an event space that can be used for educational programming, concerts, weddings, memorial services etc.