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Hydroponics and Sustainability Kit

Item # 331146 Online Only This product is not available in our print catalog. Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Explore hydroponics and explain its uses and limitations as a tool to help sustain human populations and manage natural resources.
  • In addition to earth science, these materials can be used in a high school physics course.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 15 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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Explore hydroponics and explain its uses and limitations as a tool to help sustain human populations and manage natural resources. In this investigation, students design a solution for producing enough food for growing populations and the shift from rural to urban communities. They grow plants hydroponically in a modified ebb and flow system, analyze data from their hydroponic systems, and make recommendations about using hydroponics.

Curriculum Connection
While designed for a stand-alone earth science course, this series of activities could be incorporated into a high school biology course.

Time Requirements
Teacher prep, 60 minutes. Completing the activities, approximately 2 weeks—1 day to set up investigation 1 (60 minutes), periodic monitoring for 2 weeks (5 minutes per day), 1 day for investigation 2 (60 minutes), and 1 day for analysis (60 minutes).

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectation(s)
HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among the management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.

Crosscutting Concepts
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Disciplinary Core Ideas
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Science and Engineering Practices
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with the needs of plants.

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Product Families Featuring This Item:

Components Qty Included?
Plastic Trays, 8-oz 15 Included
Jug with Dispensing Pump, 1-gal 1 Included
Syringes, 10-mL 2 Included
Plastic Cups, 30-mL 100 Included
Rockwood Cubes 60 Included
Gravel, 5 lb 1 Included
Aqua Vega, Solution A 1 Included
Aqua Vega, Solution B 1 Included
Radish Seeds 1 Included
Mustard Seeds Included
Lettuce Seeds 1 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Light Bank Needed, Not Included
Digital Balance (accurate to 0.1g) Needed, Not Included
Scissors, fine-tipped Needed, Not Included
Permanent Markers Needed, Not Included
Container, 500-mL or 1-L Needed, Not Included
Bucket or Container, 1 or 3-gal Needed, Not Included
Funnel Needed, Not Included
Calculators or Spreadsheet Programs Needed, Not Included
pH Paper Strip (pH 4 to 7) Needed, Not Included
Plastic Wrap Needed, Not Included
Baking Soda Needed, Not Included
Lemon Juice or Vinegar Needed, Not Included
Water Needed, Not Included