Micro Hydroponics Activity

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Build your own Micro Hydroponic System with TeacherGeek. Our Build Guide will help you get started. Learn through experimentation, then evolve it using the Design & Engineering Process. This activity can be made even better with materials from the recycling bin - craft micro greenhouses for your plant, or design water aeration pumps.

Start by building the example Hydroponic System, learning the basics of the Drip and Flood & Drain Systems. Then, take your design to the next level with the optional Labs and Design and Engineering Challenges.

Make It Your Own: The documents for this activity are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format.
If you wish to edit a document, simply download the Microsoft Word format.

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Download the Build Guide

This build guide has everything you need to construct an example Micro Hydroponic System, along with your own designs through the Engineering Process. Perfect for libraries, boy and girl scouts, science fairs, kitchen table, maker's fairs and after school use.

Build Guide - PDF
Build Guide - Editable Word Document


Download the Engineering Challenge

With the optional Engineering Challenges, you can craft and improve your Micro Hydroponic System. Design, build, test and evolve different system configurations to compete and observe plant growth and yield. Remember, in design, you are never truly done - there is always a better solution!

Design & Engineering Challenge - PDF
Design & Engineering Challenge - Editable Word Document



Document Enhancements

Download the Classroom Overview

Brief overview about the TeacherGeek Micro Hydroponic System documents, activity procedure, educational alignment standards, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.

Classroom Overview - PDF
Classroom Overview - Editable Word Document





Download the Hydroponic Systems Worksheet

Learn about the history and different applications of hydroponic systems, from automated methods to the challenges of gardening in space, as well as photosynthesis. Excellent for in the classroom use with guided questions throughout.

Hydroponics Worksheet - PDF
Hydroponics Worksheet - Editable Word Document



Download the Labs Documents

After you complete the Example Hydroponic System Build, feel free to explore the optional labs. Learn about the acidity or basicity of a fluid in the pH Measurement lab, or craft the perfect macro-nutrient ratio to feed your seedlings in the Nutrient Solution Lab.

pH Lab - PDF
pH Lab - Editable Word Document

Nutrient Solution Lab - PDF
Nutrient Solution Lab - Editable Word Document


Download the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook

Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities.

Simple Engineering Notebook - PDF
Hydroponic Systems Engineering Notebook - PDF

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Science & Math Standards

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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet