Computerized garden idea makes GCAA a finalist for STEM contest
Computerized garden idea makes GCAA a finalist for STEM contest
Posted on 11/13/2013
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Grand Center Arts Academy is among five finalists in the state of Missouri in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest. The contest encourages schools to raise interest among students in science, technology, engineering and math.

So how did GCAA become a finalist? With an idea that could be described as simple, but complex.

Carol York, who teaches sixth grade science, and Andrew Goodin, Makerspace facilitator, worked together to submit an idea for an indoor, computer-controlled garden with light and moisture sensors.

GCAAThe science students in York’s class will research and write about plants, how they grow and how food is produced. The Makerspace will work on the technology using Arduino circuitry and coding. Together, they’ll create the garden and develop a food show for broadcast. The project is a cross-curricular collaboration between core subjects, the Makerspace and the art and theater departments.

The students will decide what to grow, and the food from the garden could be used in the cafeteria, depending on how much volume it produces.

As a state finalist, GCAA received two Samsung Galaxy Tabs. The next round of the contest involves a lesson plan to create a video for the project. If GCAA advances to the next round – as state winners – they will get video equipment, a computer and software to support their project. State winners will be announced on November 25. The retail value of the prize is more than $1,375.

The state finalists, including GCAA, are: Hazelwood Central High School, Scotland County R-1 District Jr/Sr. High, Ridgewood Middle School and Hillsboro R-3 High School Alternative Program.

The contest progresses on to the national level for a prize valued at $20,000.

Good luck, GCAA!