Teach your students about sustainability and food production, with plenty of hands-on activities and fun lessons built in.
Contact us to arrange a field trip to The Plant or to have Plant Chicago staff visit your classroom.
Classroom Visits (One class period)
A Plant Chicago educator will introduce your class to closed loop systems, using a small aquaponic system and algae bioreactor to demonstrate concepts like waste reuse. An excellent primer for a tour of The Plant.
Tours (1 hour)
We can tailor our tour to highlight different aspects of food production, energy conservation and material reuse. Students can see closed loop systems in action, including an aquaponics farm, mushroom lab, compost gardens and more.
Closed Loop Labs (1–1.5 hours)
Labs take place at The Plant and are best combined with a tour. Students develop a deeper understanding of closed loop systems through supervised, interactive projects. Workshops are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Current hands-on labs include:
Materials Reuse: Students engage in a rapid engineering design challenge to build a planter out of discarded plastic bottles. Participants can take planters back to their classrooms.
Closed Loop Systems: Students take a closer look at Plant Chicago’s research projects, including aquaponics, algae bio-reaction and mushrooms.
Mycology: Students learn more about the role of fungi in closed loop systems. Each class prepares a mushroom block to grow in their classroom.