Life Source Christian Middle School students weigh in on 4-H Curriculum
On November 6, 2015, the Life Source 4-H sessions concluded for the fall semester. I had the pleasure of visiting the school to sit in on the last lesson of the year and interview the students. When asked about what they liked about the various subjects that they covered; the students had a lot to say; particularly about hydroponics. The students enjoyed seeing the plants grow using water instead of soil. One of the students, Reuben stated that he liked the “current pump” which was used to circulate the water around the plants. Another student Aaron says he liked that you could “feed a whole village”.
In addition, I also asked the students what they enjoyed about the 4-H program and one of the students Ma-kai said he enjoyed the “interesting stuff I didn’t know before”. Several of the students also said that they enjoyed being able to have some of their lessons outdoors. The lesson of the day taught students about future careers in agriculture. When I asked what their favorite career was, the responses ranged from agricultural business manager to agriculture grader. Ma-Kai responded with “soil scientist” and Tolu says “farm manager”!
The University of Maryland Extension partnership with Life Source Christian Middle School is set to continue in the spring of 2016. When asked students what they would be interested in learning more about, many shared “how to manage plants”. Reuben says he would like to “learn more about hydroponics and astronomy”. While Aaron wants to know about “what plants need”, Percell responded with an enthusiastic “pig dissection”, and Ma-kai stated that he would be interested to “learn more about food making”. We look forward to a continued partnership.
By: Bidemi Oladiran