Students Build Greenhouses to Help Community

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago March 08, 2013 Mar 8, 2013 Friday, March 08 2013 Friday, March 08, 2013 2:39:00 PM CST in Continuous News
By: Madison Alewel

COLUMBIA - Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School 5th graders built greenhouses Thursday and Friday to grow healthy food for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. Students plan to plant Rainbow Chard, a leafy green lettuce full of nutrients, in three different greenhouses. 

The project is part of a partnership between the University of Missouri and Columbia Public School District, called "ShowMe Nature GK12." MU graduate student James Franklin is the resident scientist at Grant Elementary and assists with teaching the 5th grade classes about plants. Franklin helped students write a grant to fund the building of the greenhouses. "ShowMe Nature GK12" awarded the students with a thousand dollar grant. "Their proposal asked for money to build the greenhouses and do some experiments on how best to grow plants so they could help out the food bank," said Candace Galen, faculty director of the ShowMe Nature program. "We decided to support their project because it is a great way to help out and learn some valuable science lessons in the process." 

5th grade teacher John Nies said the project incorporates many different aspects of the students' science learning. "We've studied experimental design, so we will use the greenhouses to perform experiments with the plants," said Nies. "We've studied simple machines, so the students will be building the greenhouses using simple machines. We've also studied the planet Earth, water cycles and the atmosphere. All those ideas will be incorporated in the greenhouse learning as well."

After studying the plants, students will donate the Rainbow Chard to the food bank. The students will also present their findings at an MU science symposium on April 27.

 

More News

Grid
List
CLAYTON, Mo. — The Clayton Board of Aldermen has approved a development plan for Centene's big expansion in the St.... More >>
1 hour ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:34:46 AM CDT in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities are investigating Kansas City's 88th homicide of the year. Police said in a news... More >>
2 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:30:18 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - It does not have to be the summer travel season to get away, right? The Missouri Division... More >>
3 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:27:00 AM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY – Dozens of roads in Boone County will be getting a new coat of paint on Wednesday and... More >>
11 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:16:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- City officials are asking for public input on what to do with funds from the federal government. ... More >>
13 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A recent PEW Research study found the United States ranks last out of 41 countries in terms of... More >>
13 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Plans to make Columbia a top destination for healthcare are in the works. The Mayor's task force on... More >>
14 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:47:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – The city of Columbia has received an award for being bright and using more solar power. The... More >>
14 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:45:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Women's Business Center has more than doubled students in an entrepreneurship course since opening about four months... More >>
16 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:20:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Animal Shelter said the Trap-Neuter-Release program has decreased the number of feral cats in... More >>
17 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:12:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Elementary school students in Columbia gathered in their music classes Tuesday to learn about blues music ahead of... More >>
18 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:02:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri judge has thrown out a state ethics case against a man who describes himself... More >>
19 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 1:41:24 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Safety's acquisition of a 100,000-square foot facility in North Columbia could bring as many as 50 jobs... More >>
19 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:51:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A group that presses single women, minorities and millennials to register to vote is apologizing for... More >>
20 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:07:20 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Johnson County horticulturist says the number of people dealing with bites from the oak leaf... More >>
20 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00:45 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA -- The University of Missouri System kicked off a week-long commemoration Tuesday of its now-30-year-old partnership with the University... More >>
21 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:44:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several members of the St. Louis-area clergy are questioning why it took four years for murder... More >>
22 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:28:01 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Suspended Missouri State quarterback Breck Ruddick has been cited with animal cruelty and allowing a dog to... More >>
23 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:18:36 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
9am 58°
10am 60°
11am 61°
12pm 62°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld