It’s a big project as school draws to a close, but having seventh graders learn math and Engineering in a Garden has meant a lot of team work and getting to eat as they grow.
Seventh grade science teacher Gail Vawter organized a team of 74 students to build three large raised garden beds. They used a $750 grant from the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools, for what Vawter calls the epitome of project based learning.
“We had to come up with the measurements of how big they were going to be. What they’re doing in math right now is computing the cubic yards of soil for how much we’ll need to fill them up; So, they’re combining math in there with the engineering – the actual construction of them,” Vawter said.
The teamwork involves six teachers who wrote the grant, the students who are currently building the beds, and the future students who will plant and harvest.
“A lot of these kids are urban and don’t even know where their food comes from,” she said, “They think it comes from Harris Teeter. They need to understand what goes into gardening.”