food machine

Food Machine being set up by students at Independence High School in San Jose, CA.











Our Food Machine
Our hydroponic Food Machine produces more and costs less to run and it is environmental friendly. We include growing medium, a light source, and pump with the machine. All you need to do is final assembly, add germinated plugs and nutrients (also included) and add water. Start with one tier and add up to two more to each machine – each tier contains 144 plugs. It takes around two weeks to germinate your seeds, then you add the germinated plugs to the machine. In around another two to three weeks, your crop will be ready to harvest. The actual time will depend on the crop and your specific environment. With three tiers, you can grow approximately 7,500 to 11,000 individual plants in a year.

Lettuce, Spinach, Green Onions, and More
Our grow machine excels at growing leafy greens, such as lettuces, kale, chard, and annual herbs. But you can use the machine to grow almost any annual fruit or vegetable that can grow in a confined space. You can even grow annual flowers. Different plants may require different configurations of the machine, and we encourage you to experiment.

Environmentally Friendly
The SmarterSTEM Food Machine brings hydroponic growing to a new level of efficiency. Our patented technology grows volumes more crop for the dollar. Compared to conventional farming, our grow machines use 97% less water, 67% less electricity and 39% less fertilizer. Because you need almost no land, you can grow anywhere, reducing the number of miles your food has to travel to get to your table.

Food Machine Technology Curriculum
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SmarterStem’s Food Machine Lab is a STEM-based course that will educate students about the technology of controlled environment agriculture. Watch it in action!


Students completing the assembly of a food grow machine at Independence HS in San Jose, CA

99 = We fit 100 acres of land into 1 acre of space
32= We use 32lbs of nutrients for every 100lbs used conventionally
97= We use 3 gallons of water for every 100 gallons used conventionally
72= We are 28% more energy efficient than other systems using LED lighting

The Food Machine Lab includes multiple workshops and lesson plans presented in a 16-week curriculum format.

Students can influence every aspect of plant growth and control outcomes based on how they interface with the growing systems. This allows for numerous experimentation and data collection opportunities as well as an infinite number of unique student experiences.

Course Goals:

Common Core Learning Standards: Math

  1. All basic mathematical practices.
  2. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  3. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  4. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  5. Model with mathematics.
  6. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  7. Attend to precision.
  8. Look for and make use of structure.
  9. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Content areas: Algebra, Geometry, and Modeling.

Specific Benchmarks:

  • A­CED: Create equations that describe numbers or relationships
  • A­REI: Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning G­GMD: Visualize relationships between two­ dimensional and three­ dimensional objects G­MG: Apply geometric concepts in modeling situations


  • Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects, grades 6­-8.
  • Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects, grades 6-­8.


  • Writing Standards for grades 6­-8:
  • Text Types and Purposes, items 1 and 2
  • Research to Build and Present Knowledge, items 7 ­and 9
  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas for 6­8, items 4 ­and 6

Applied Learning

  • A1 ­ Apply problem­ solving strategies in purposeful ways, both in situations where the problem and desirable solutions are clearly evident and in situations requiring a creative approach to achieve an outcome.
  • A2 ­ Communicate information and ideas in ways that are appropriate to the purpose and audience through spoken, written and graphic means of expression.
  • A3 ­ Use information­ gathering techniques, analyze and evaluate information, and use information technology to assist in collecting, analyzing, organizing, and presenting information.
  • A4 ­ Work with others to achieve a shared goal, help other people to learn on­ the­ job, and respond effectively to the needs of students.

National Educational Technology Standards

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  • Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
  • Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
  • Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face­ to ­face and virtual environments.

2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

  • Develop technology ­enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
  • Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.

3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning

  • Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
  • Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats.

4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

  • Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner­ centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.

5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

  • Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
  • Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self ­renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.

Instructor Training is available for this course.

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