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Milwaukee and New York City schools grew successful urban farming programs. Now may be the right time for other school districts to do the same.
While research stresses the importance of hands-on, experiential learning as the best way to spark interest in critical STEM fields, the reality is that little about science instruction in today’s classrooms matches those aspirations. From shortages of trained science teachers to stretched budgets that have eliminated lab equipment, too many teachers—especially those in the urban school systems that serve disproportionate numbers of disadvantaged and minority students–are forced to resort to “paper labs” in the absence of the materials and training needed for real ones.
With the generous support of AT&T, the NEA Foundation has provided grants to and worked with two public school systems and their partners—Milwaukee Public Schools and New York City Public Schools—to strengthen STEM learning around an area of vital interest in both cities: urban farming. In New York, students are working with urban gardens of their own design on school grounds. In Milwaukee, plants and fish grow together in aquaponics systems, large tanks that support both in a symbiotic, sustainable environment.
The full case study includes an overview of both programs and an examination of key components of their success and lessons learned that can be used to replicate similar programs in schools across the country.
Want to see urban farming programs in action? Watch the videos below, featuring Milwaukee and New York City students.
Learn more about the NEA Foundation's STEM support
Read more about the NEA Foundation and AT&T’s support of popular urban farming initiatives through the expansion of school programs with the Urban School Aquaponics Initiative in Milwaukee and Project EATS, a program of the Active Citizens Project, in New York.
- Urban farming skills to grow in MPS with aquaponics grant, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 29, 2014
- Aquaponics classes introduce students to STEM careers, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, Jan. 31, 2014
- AT&T, NEA Foundation $98000 contribution to support MPS, Milwaukee Courier Weekly Newspaper, Feb. 1, 2014
Videos: Why Students Love STEM
Milwaukee, Part 1 Milwaukee, Part 2
Appalachian Ohio, Part 1 Appalachian Ohio, Part 2