WCMS has received aeroponic towers as part of the FY21 Rural Education Innovation STEM/STEAM Grant. The GaDOE grant's purpose is to assist Southwest Georgia RESA regions in creating and developing STEM/STEAM programs/activities that help students make connections between content standards, their passions and curiosities, and experiences within the local community. WCMS has partnered with Fort Valley State University 4-H and Sylvester's Village Community Garden in this endeavor.
Mrs. Parten and Mrs. Easom have been working on the assembly and distribution of the six towers. The towers will grow 32 plants indoors. Tower gardens grow plants in air and mist environments rather than soil. Plants grow 30 percent more plants 30 percent faster with 98 percent less water in these towers. Some of our towers are already planted and growing.
Also as part of the grant, our classroom gardens are expanding with more raised beds and rainwater collection barrels.