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Planting the seeds for teens’ graduation in urban farming program

Off to a good start: High school students graduate from the summer program sponsored by AT&T at Kingsborough Community College.
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Congrats to the 30 high school students that graduated from the AT&T program at Kingsborough Community College’s Science Innovation Initiative — on Aug. 3, after planting, sowing, and reaping in the real-world application of urban farming in the school’s Urban Farm.

Students pitched their concepts for virtual businesses in food and farming that achieved environmental sustainability, which they developed based on their studies at the farm, during a “Shark Tank”-style final event.

While career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are growing, the barriers to accessing the education required to pursue those opportunities remain high, especially for women and minorities. By bringing these students onto a college campus for the first time through the Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative, AT&T and the college aim to present higher education — and the continuing study of these fields — as an exciting reality, rather than just a lofty dream.

The concepts the teens pitched included:

Community composter: A solar-powered compost bin that manages decomposition of food scraps and browns into healthy and nutritious compost for community use.

Connected roots app: A skill-sharing app for beginner and professional farmers to share information about crop planning, pest and disease management, tool and farm equipment information, and community events.

Recycled hydroponics: A hydroponic system that uses recycled materials to build the growing structures that hold water and soil-less growing medium for plants.

Kingsborough Community College [2001 Oriental Blvd. in Manhattan Beach, (718) 368–5000].

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Posted 12:00 am, August 24, 2017
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