Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
The Grow Store
South Burlington, VT (March 5, 2008) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) invites schools to apply for the 4th annual Hooked on Hydroponics Awards, sponsored by The Grow Store. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water containing dissolved nutrients. This program provides hydroponics equipment for use in educational projects that enrich the entire curriculum. Thanks to the sponsor's generosity, the number of awards available for 2008 has increased from 24 to 36. Equipment packages range in value from $360 to $1,100.
When children and teens explore how to grow plants hydroponically, they become avidly engaged in investigations and problem solving. Schools that use hydroponics have seen students' hands-on projects blossom into classroom businesses, and their scientific explorations fuel career interests. This idea is confirmed by Dr. Stephen Schiff, teacher at Poinciana Elementary School in Boynton Beach, Florida, a winner of a 2006 Hooked on Hydroponics Award for their Space Station Simulator project. Dr. Schiff says, "Although the probability of one of these students traveling to space is low, one of the goals of this program is to foster the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs."
To be eligible for a Hooked on Hydroponics Award, schools must plan to garden with at least 15 students in grades 1 through 12 during the 2009 academic year. There are 12 awards available for elementary schools, 16 for middle schools, and 8 for high schools. Applications are available online at www.kidsgardening.org/grants.asp; applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2008.
About The Sponsors
The Grow Store provides hydroponics supplies and expertise to customers via their online store and Colorado retail locations. The company is passionate about the technology and about sharing its benefits with students and the general public. Visit them online at www.thegrowstore.com.
Founded in 1973, the National Gardening Association is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning Web sites and newsletters, grants and curricula for youth gardens, and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners and teachers with information and resources. To learn more about gardening with children and youth, please visit www.kidsgardening.org.