On our latest podcast we are excited to talk to our new partner and inventor Alex Tyink giving us a deep dive into the many facets of our new Food Machine Lab Curriculum. Alex built his first aeroponic grow machine in a New York apartment as an idea to feed the poor. Now he is working with SmarterSTEM to help students learn science and nutrition using our new FoodMachineLab Curriculum. Listen below the fold:
Tyink believes his invention would be an easy way for students to learn science while growing their own healthy food in the classroom. Working with SmarterSTEM will introduce the Food Machine Lab to more classrooms inspiring higher learning and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). SmarterSTEM develops coursework for solar, computing, design, alternative fuels and other “multi-disciplinary,” project-based forms of learning that make science fun and engaging.
Compared to traditional agricultural practices, Tyink says his design grows vegetables twice as fast, is 67 percent more energy efficient, 97 percent more water efficient and 99 percent more land efficient. The system uses less space than a refrigerator and is capable of growing 900 lbs. of food per year. Students are able to study these efficiencies as part of the curriculum.
The SmarterSTEM coursework is designed for use within the classroom. Includes PVC irrigation panels, metal-hydride grow light, irrigation pump, tubing, hardware and nutrients. Textbooks, diagrams and videos with step-by-step instructions help students with assembly and include coursework and testing on the principles of agriculture, indoor gardening, hydroponics, aeroponics, health and nutrition.
SmarterSTEM, providing multiple pathways for STEM education. Today’s STEM classrooms use new technologies to inspire students and while we will continue bringing electric vehicles and alternative fuels to our students via Electric Auto Shop, we will bring new ideas like our 3D Curricula Pathway, which uses 3D printing and design to unlock a multitude of new projects for students, from electric vehicles, to drones, to medical prostheses.
Students complete the coursework within 16 weeks, from germination to harvest. Once finished, the grow machine can be taken apart and used by the next class. It is particularly useful for cold climates growing several varieties of leafy green vegetables indoor, including romaine, leaf and bibb lettuce, herbs, tomatoes and other vegetables year around. Dimensions are five feet tall and 10 square feet. The machine causes no agricultural runoff, requires no sunlight, soil, pesticides nor herbicides.
SmarterSTEM, Inc. (http://www.smarterstem.com) is a technical education program designer and publisher committed to inspiring students to pursue rewarding careers. SmarterSTEM also provides courses in computing, 3D design and printing, solar and electric cars.