Young Harvester conducted a school visit to a Po Leung Kuk kindergarten in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Po Leung Kuk is a well-known charity in Hong Kong, where the charity provides a wide range of education and social services to the local community. This session included two parts. Part one was education about hydroponic systems, and the second part was a cooking experience for students to see hydroponics being used and how it can be a good resource in their daily lives.
The team was able to arrive early before the session began to set up. Once the students first arrived, it was clear that some were more interested than others, with a few of the children being nervous to participate in the engaging curriculum we brought. We did a great job of providing hands-on experience to the students, as it is important for the development of fine motor skills at such a young age. As the session progressed, we could see that the students who were previously doubtful became much more engaged and willing to participate. We were glad to see many eager hands raised each time we asked for volunteers to demonstrate. After they were able to understand the system through a child-friendly approach, it was equally important that they understood how hydroponics could be used in a real-life scenario.
In the second part of the session, we were able to create a simple but tasty dish that I could demonstrate on the spot. We created a lettuce wrap (生菜包) using the hydroponics that we grew as well as a combination of other vegetables and OmniPork, a plant-based approach to meat. It was a great experience to be able to see the students so engaged with the curriculum that the team provided, and being able to see them enjoy the food at the end was the most rewarding feeling of this whole visit.
In the end, we are glad that we were able to educate these students on hydroponics and its use, as well as being able to cultivate an interest within them. Hydroponics engages young minds and encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and environmental responsibility via interactive learning, trans-disciplinary study, and confronting environmental challenges. By bringing hydroponics into education, we seek to motivate a new generation of students and champions of sustainable practices.