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Floating Garden STEM challenge

This challenge, from Practical Action, requires students to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers to grow crops even in an area that may become flooded. A floating garden, built on a base of aquatic weeds, is a low cost and sustainable way of allowing people to grow vegetables. The resource can be adapted to suit a wide range of students and aims to develop problem solving skills using a real-life context. The challenge can provide a focus for National Science and Engineering Week, be used as a STEM or science club activity, enhance a lesson on floating and sinking, form the basis of an enrichment day, and be the starting point for a range of cross-curricular activities. The resource consists of a presentation, starter activity and worksheets, all accompanied by detailed teachers' notes, and a poster and attainment certificates.

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