Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Students go to the moon and beyond in search of gardening tips for the Mayor's Expo

Students at Cappy Smart School learn what it takes to garden in space for the Mayor's Environment Expo
Robert Thirsk, former Canadian Space Agency astronaut, holds the records for the longest space flight and the most time spent in space.  And luckily for the grades three and four students at Cappy Smart School, he was just the right person to chat with about growing plants in a space station.

Through a video conference, the astronaut shared his knowledge, provided tips and answered questions about growing plants in limited natural light.  The students applied what they learned to their five greenhouses that are being used for their Showcase School Project for the 2013 Mayor’s Environment Expo.

Even though they didn’t have the best of luck with all their greenhouses, they did manage to grow radishes, tomatoes, corn, peas, pumpkins, beans, and more.

“These kids are very excited to go to the Expo,” says teacher, Florin Panaitescu.  “They are very bright.  And this is an opportunity for them to learn how to communicate and engage peers by presenting their powerpoints and catching the eye of their audiences.”

Join us at the 2013 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 4-6 at the Municipal Building and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

Read about what other showcase schools are doing to protect land, air and water.

The Mayor’s Environment Expo thanks Encana and Calgary Transit for their partnership in the Showcase School program. Encana is sponsoring a $250 grant exclusive to the Showcase Schools. Calgary Transit is providing Showcase Schools with free transportation to and from the Expo.

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