Hands on science lessons in a greenhouse have lots of produce as compared to the production of fruits and vegetables. Hydroponic gardening programs can nurture a love of science among the young students, this is what a new report says from the researchers at Boston College's Lynch School of Education.
According to Phys.org, in a research conducted by the Boston College's Lynch School of Education, there were elementary age students who developed a positive attitude towards science, while participating in the hydroponic gardening program. In this program, students were a part of growing fruits and vegetables using soil-less hydroponic methods.
The research study report on the hydroponic gardening program has been published in the journal of Science Education and Technology. The program helped the students in sparking interest and curiosity in the practical experience of science. The program also offered a very helpful way for the after school instructors for supporting the students in learning science.
Science Daily reported that the research study on the hydroponic gardening program was named as "Growing Plants and Scientists: Fostering Positive Attitudes toward Science." In the study, a total of 234 students took part at three different sites, where the reports showed anxiety level decreased and interest level increased for both boy and girls, among the participants.
Self-assurance, as science understudies expanded for girls' at all three sites during the hydroponic gardening program yet, did not change for the boys. The scientists found that a student's first dialect - whether English or Spanish - was not a figure in changed states of mind. The study results show that the hydroponics can be an educational platform which can be used for engaging students in garden-based program year round, and especially for those schools which do not have open space or climate for conducting outdoor gardening.