To complete this lesson, students should understand the following:
Green plants are the producers of food which is used directly or indirectly by consumers.
This design challenge was created to be used in conjunction with a unit on ecology.
1– Skyscraper Farming
2 – Design A Skyscraper Farm
Per Design Team
Lesson 1: Vertical Farming
Lesson 2: Design Challenge – Design A Skyscraper FarmDesign Challenge Protocol
The world’s population is increasing. With more people being born, there is a greater need for all resources (food, land, etc.). As world population grows, land is increasingly being used to develop housing, and to grow crops that are used to feed livestock. Alternatives are needed to increase food production that is more local to provide food in developing countries and in expanding urban populations. Growing food locally will also reduce the costs of shipping food from distant locations.
Using the materials provided, design a model of a vertical farm that meets the following criteria:
Design Challenge Procedure:
Teacher Evaluation Rubric
Peer Evaluation Rubric
1. Vertical Farm Video. Discovery Channel. 2009-04-23, 00:30 – 09:25. http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-planet/april-2009/daily-planet-april-23-2009/#clip164926
1. The Vertical Farm Website. http://www.verticalfarm.com/
2. World of 7 Billion. http://www.worldof7billion.org/teacher_resources
Articles / Papers
1. “How to Feed the World in 2050.” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/wsfs/docs/expert_paper/How_to_Feed_the_World_in_2050.pdf
2. “Vertical Farming: Does it Really Stack Up?” The Economist Technology Quarterly December 9, 2010. http://www.economist.com/node/17647627
3. Despommier, Dickson. “A Farm on Every Floor.” The New York TimesAugust 23, 2009.
4. Feldman, Amy. "Skyscraper Farms". Popular Science July 11, 2007.
5. "Cooper, Arnie. "Going up? Farming in High Rises Raises Hopes."Miller-McCune.com. May 19, 2009. http://www.miller-mccune.com/science-environment/farming-in-high-rises-raises-hopes-3705/
6. Despommier, Dickson. "The Rise of Vertical Farms". Scientific American November 16, 2009: 301 (5): 60–67. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-rise-of-vertical-farms
7. Bomford, Michael. "Energy and Vertical Farms". Energy Farms (February 12, 2010). http://energyfarms.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/energy-and-vertical-farms/
8. Ogden, Andy. “The Vertical Farm.” Eating Goodly (December 31, 2010). http://eatinggoodly.com/2010/12/31/the-vertical-farm/
Documents (links to the right of the page)
Vertical Farming Advantages/Challenges Worksheet
Design a Skyscraper Farm Student Handout
Skyscraper Farm Teacher Evaluation Rubric
Skyscraper Farm Peer Evaluation Rubric
Baycheser Middle School
New York State 5-8 Middle School Science Standards
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