SAS students hands on sustainability learning at SkyfarmShanghai

Posted on | May 25, 2016 | Comments Off on SAS students hands on sustainability learning at SkyfarmShanghai

On Monday 25th April we welcomed 41 students from SAS International School’s Pudong campus to our Skyfarm at Anken Green.

 

Despite the light rain all were excited to see how the Skyfarm operates, and of course to get their hands into the soil itself.

 

A quick tour of the renovated factory building helped them to understand the importance of reducing our environmental impact and the ways that this can be done through clever building design.

 

On the rooftop itself, the students broke into 3 groups and moved through 3 stations with our Skyfarm educators: Composting, Soil and Planting, and finally Poetry.

 

At the Composting station, students learned about the food cycle and decomposition, how to make their own compost and what to put in it, and the importance of worms and other detritivores.

 

Out in the garden, they discussed different soil types and how to identify them, used trowels to mix compost into the existing soil and along the way encountered all the various insects and animals that naturally occur in a garden.

 

Each student then filled a small pot with the newly mixed soil and planted their choice of lettuce or coriander/cilantro seeds to take away home with them.

 

Finally, at the poetry station students worked with their teachers to express all that they had seen and how it made them feel.

 

Judging by the amount of writing we saw, we think the garden made a big impression!

上海美国学校学生在天台农场亲身动手学习可持续发展

4月25日星期一, 我们迎接了来自上海美国学校浦东校区的41个小朋友来到我们位于安垦绿色创意园的天台农场。

尽管飘着微微的小雨,大家都兴致盎然地想知道天台农场是怎么运作的,当然也期待着让他们的小手和土壤来个全接触。

在这座由老厂房改建的办公楼中进行一番游览,小朋友们知道了减少人类对环境的影响有多么的重要,也领略了通过哪些巧妙的建筑设计可以做到这点。

来到了屋顶上,小学生们分成了3组,加入天台农场教育工作者的3站式环节:堆制肥料,土壤和种植,诗歌创作。

在堆制肥料站,学生们了解了食物的循环和分解,放哪些东西自己来制作肥堆,以及蚯蚓和腐食性生物的重要性。

屋顶花园中,大家讨论了不同土壤的类型以及如何识别他们。然后用小铲子将堆肥和现有土壤混起来。在其间,和花园里各种昆虫和小动物们不期而遇。

每个小朋友将新拌的泥土装进盆栽,播下了自己选择的生菜或香菜种子,准备把它们带回家。

最后,小朋友们在诗歌站同老师们抒发了自己的所见所闻和所想。

从写下的诗句中我们看出,此次的田园之旅着实给小朋友们留下了深刻的印象!

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