Hydroponics Presentation Act2 2010

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Starting a Hydroponic Program presented by Jeff Bracken, ACT2 2010

Jeff will share his experiences with starting a school-based hydroponic program. This is a timely issue and he'll have some great ideas to share for getting started, including the whole school and sharing with the community.

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Hydroponics Presentation Act2 2010

  1. 1. Chemistry of Hydroponics Jeff Bracken Westerville North High School ACT2 Conference June, 2010
  2. 2. Source of Grow Lights
  3. 3. What to Grow? <ul><li>Basil </li></ul><ul><li>Oregano </li></ul><ul><li>Peppers </li></ul><ul><li>Cherry tomatoes </li></ul><ul><li>Lettuce </li></ul><ul><li>Citronella </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chemistry Concepts <ul><li>Percent composition </li></ul><ul><li>Solubility equilibria </li></ul><ul><li>pH </li></ul><ul><li>Solubility rules: “nutrient lockout” </li></ul><ul><li>Soluble forms of iron </li></ul><ul><li>Ammonium: Nitrate Ratio </li></ul>
  5. 5. Nutrient Solutions <ul><li>$45 per gallon </li></ul>
  6. 6. Construction Process
  7. 7. Aeroponic Cloner <ul><li>Mist onto stems. </li></ul><ul><li>Roots in 6-21 days. </li></ul><ul><li>Root growth visible. </li></ul><ul><li>Holds 48 plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Our version <$50 </li></ul><ul><li>Math collaboration. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Graph of Root Formation
  9. 9. Sweet Italian Basil <ul><li>Fresh harvest </li></ul><ul><li>Thrives indoors </li></ul><ul><li>Propagates easily </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced Flavor </li></ul><ul><li>Revenue $50/week </li></ul>
  10. 10. Styrofoam Basil Rafts <ul><li>Drilling the holes </li></ul><ul><li>Raft of new clones </li></ul>
  11. 11. Access to Entire Plant
  12. 12. Moringa: Miracle Plant <ul><li>Native to India </li></ul><ul><li>“ Drumstick tree” </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Corps </li></ul>
  13. 13. Moringa: Nature’s Miracle! <ul><li>7x’s the Vitamin C of oranges </li></ul><ul><li>4x’s the Calcium of milk </li></ul><ul><li>4x’s the Vitamin A of carrots </li></ul><ul><li>3x’s the Vitamin K of bananas </li></ul><ul><li>2x’s the Protein of milk </li></ul>
  14. 14. Hydrangeas: Pink or Blue?
  15. 15. Hydroponic Hydrangea!
  16. 16. Hydrangeas: Pink & Blue
  17. 17. Hydroponic Lettuce
  18. 18. Hydroponic Lettuce <ul><li>Weekly planting </li></ul><ul><li>28 day cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Fluorescent lights </li></ul><ul><li>Access to full plant </li></ul><ul><li>Amazing taste!!! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Lettuce Expansion <ul><li>ESL Students </li></ul><ul><li>Autistic Students </li></ul>
  20. 20. LED Grow Lights
  21. 21. Grow light Comparison <ul><li>T-5 Fluorescent </li></ul><ul><li>LED Grow Light </li></ul>
  22. 22. Guidance Classroom
  23. 23. Grow Light Comparison <ul><li>Pink LED </li></ul><ul><li>Blue LED </li></ul>
  24. 24. Peppers & Tomatoes
  25. 25. One Day’s Harvest
  26. 26. Salsa Fest May, 2008
  27. 27. Auto Shop Locker Room
  28. 28. New Cherry Tomato Patch
  29. 29. Cherry Tomato Harvest
  30. 30. Stockroom Nutrients <ul><li>Chemicals from stockroom </li></ul><ul><li>Growth comparison with commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Cost effective </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific method in action </li></ul><ul><li>No “universal” nutrient solution yet </li></ul>
  31. 31. Catnip Extraction
  32. 32. Catnip Project
  33. 33. Stevia: Natural Sweetener
  34. 34. Future Efforts <ul><li>Dwarf Blueberries </li></ul><ul><li>Stevia Plants </li></ul><ul><li>Sales of Herbs </li></ul><ul><li>Plants with a Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Self-funded program </li></ul>
  35. 35. Financial Support <ul><li>Toyota TAPESTRY Foundation $10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Ann Sherry Foundation $2,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Captain Planet Foundation $2,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Martha Holden Jennings $2,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Hach Scientific $1,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Hooked on Hydroponics Award $1,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Westerville Education Foundation $1,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Science Education Council of Ohio $500 </li></ul>
  36. 36. Donations <ul><li>Westerville Police Dept </li></ul><ul><li>Livingston Seed Company </li></ul><ul><li>ProSource Worldwide LED </li></ul>
  37. 37. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Mr. Kurt Yancey, Principal </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Kyle Campbell, Biology Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Jessica Waites, Chemistry Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Jon Wing, Biology Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated student lab assistants </li></ul>

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