High Tech Service Learning at Fox High School

High Tech Service Learning at Fox High School
Posted on 09/20/2019
Will Mayo and Micah Munson by their food computer

The concept of Service Learning, combining curricular activities with community service projects, has taken a high tech approach at Fox High School. Students in the Technology Student Association, or TSA, have begun growing lettuce and herbs in quick growing, computer monitored greenhouses to support Brendan’s Friday Backpack. “The Food computer concept came to fruition at Fox High School a few years ago after recent graduate Ben Ennis applied for a Seeds of Change grant to fund the food computer,” TSA sponsor Tyson Siggette said. 


Utilizing food computers to grow produce is a new movement that students in the Fox High TSA like Chapter President Micah Munson and lead farmer Will Mayo feel very strongly about. “Utilizing food computers allows us to grow things like lettuce and herbs much faster than using traditional methods,” Will Mayo explained. The Fox High TSA had their first successful harvest of lettuce on September 19, 2019, and are looking forward to continuing to grow and harvest produce to donate to the Brendan’s Friday Backpack program in order to provide children in our community with healthy, delicious, locally-sourced meal options. 


Prior to harvesting lettuce to donate to Brendan’s Friday Backpack, the Fox High TSA students built their food computer, analyzed data to determine the ideal growing conditions for lettuce, tested their hypotheses, and made adjustments as needed. “This has been an amazing learning opportunity for our students,” Tyson Sigette said. “It has been great to see the students’ passion for computer science and agriculture come together throughout this project,” Sigette continued.


In addition to Mayo and Munson, Fox High students McKenna Schneider and Tam Nguyen among other members of TSA have contributed to this project.

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