Integrated STEAM Project in Greenhouse Learning Lab

BY Shannon Bertrand

Nauset Regional Middle School

Project Description

The objectives of this project are for grade six exploratory students to produce succulent gardens using our school MakerSpace, kiln fired pottery containers using 3D printers by all 195 sixth graders in a Art, MakerSpace, and Greenhouse Learning Laboratory classes. The grade six exploratory classes are co-taught by the Greenhouse Learning Lab teacher/coordinator and the Technology Integration Specialist /MakerSpace teacher. Students will learn the difference between succulents and other deciduous plants. Products will be sold at the Orleans Winter Farmer’s Market to maintain the sustainability of the Greenhouse Learning Laboratory. Students will learn how to price a product based on the cost of materials, labor, and utilities.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

Students will be evaluated on their responses to their “questions of the day” which includes written responses as well as scientific drawings in their journals. They will also be evaluated on their ability to follow directions, successfully grow succulent plants with which to plant in clay pots to create succulent gardens. Lastly, students will accurately calculate the mathematics involved in pricing said projects.

Benefit to the students and the school

Students will incorporate science, technology, art and math throughout these lessons as well as 3-D printing, horticulture, and pottery to design and produce their final product. This meets the goals of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) standards in the Massachusetts state curriculum.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

This project will take place throughout the second half of the school year, from January-June.