March 12, 2013
The Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at the Manhattan School for Children [PS333] is the flagship Greenhouse Project Science Laboratory and serves over 700 Kindergarten through 8th grade students, in addition to training educators from around the city, the region, and the world. The greenhouse laboratory operates as an integrated part of the school’s curricula and prepares children to exceed New York City’s science standards.
The lab accommodates up to 35 kids and is available every day of the school year. Students experience science through interactive technologies such as hydroponic vegetable farming, solar panels, a rainwater catchment system, a weather station, worm composting, and a kitchen corner.
Manhattan School for Children is a school of choice open to children zoned to district 3 and serves 700 students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and physical abilities. Manhattan School for Children (PS 333) is a mentor for the New York City Department of Education’s collaborative community and is dedicated to progressive, child-centered education.
A cost-effective public / private partnership between the school, parents, and outside funders, the greenhouse classroom has been built directly on an existing 3rd floor roof with only minor modifications to the building. As the first rooftop environmental science lab in a New York City public school, the greenhouse will grow 8,000 pounds of produce annually.