The title for our school-wide project is: "End Hunger Games." It will address a problem in our community of poor nutrition, poor health and hygiene, and low interest in higher learning (including STEM). In addition to incorporating into the curriculum numerous other one to two day STEM "challenges," we will have three year-long, grade-level, problem-based projects. They are multi-disciplinary and all involve business and community partnerships.
The problem our 6th grade program students will tackle is: "How do we increase food production when land, suitable for farming, is already near its maximum usage?" They will work on raised-bed and vertical farming with business and community partners. As a final project, they will create a web site available to the community, demonstrating how our parents could create their own raised-bed or vertical gardens. In addition to connecting with their 6th grade science and math standards, our Agriculture CTAE teacher will be working with them several times a week and we will have a great deal of assistance from our community business partners who approached us with this idea.