Hamilton Crossing Elementary STEM School Garden

  • Location
    Cartersville, Georgia
  • Status
  • Age Level
    5 to 7 Years
    8 to 10 Years

The Problem

Our Title I school received a STEM Certification this year, recognizing our implementation of a culture of innovation, interdisciplinary instruction, and business and community partnerships. Now it is time to turn this into a school-wide culture and tie the curriculum into the garden. We want students to be actively engaged in project-based learning and hands-on experiences on a regular basis. We are focused on strengthening their connection to the environment and helping students feel empowered to make a difference.

Our Plan

We are working towards transforming our outdoor learning environment into a collaborative discovery space, where students can take ownership and responsibility for their learning. Looking at real-life problems and actively engaging in their environment, students will utilize critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making, as they design and carry out many projects in the garden for years to come. We are currently making improvements to our garden with the help of students, teachers, master gardeners, and community workdays. Earlier this year, the Lego Robotics team of 3rd to 5th graders assisted with getting our greenhouse in working order. We have a 2nd grade class that is currently working on a plan to create a pollinator garden with milkweed for monarch butterflies. Each class is focused on creating their own project, with an implementation date of the coming school year.

Themes Addressed

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The Benefit

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