Molokai Middle School Builds Hydroponic Garden

Using a grant from the Monsanto Hawai‘i Science Education Fund (SEF), special education students at Molokai Middle School are building an Ebb and Flow Hydroponic System to grow strawberries, papaya, tomatoes, green onions, onion tops and lemongrass. Led by special education teacher, Linda Shiraishi, the activity helps her students engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related activities in their Community-Based Instructional Program (CBI).

“We are excited to be soon transitioning from “Kuali’i’s Garden” Community Based Instruction (CBI) project into a Hydroponic Garden, as it will provide our students with hands-on experience meeting science standards and the necessary social skills needed for real world experiences,” said Shiraishi. “Students will grow herbs, tomatoes and lettuce throughout the year. The produce will be used in the school, home and our community. On behalf on Molokai Middle School’s students, faculty and teachers, we’d like to express our gratitude to Monsanto for their generosity.”

Established in 2005, Monsanto Hawai‘i Science Education Fund was created to support science education in Hawai‘i public schools and to encourage students who may be interested in a future career in sciences. Learn more about Monsanto’s efforts to support education in Hawaii.