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Clark Montessori

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Case Studies, Gorman Heritage Farm
About This Project

PIE = ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Clark Montessori
&
Gorman Heritage Farm

Lessons from a Rooftop Garden

Students at Clark Montessori School in Cincinnati, Ohio, partnered with nearby Gorman Heritage Farm to find solutions to a real-life farming challenge.

PARTNER

Gorman Heritage Farm,
a 122-acre organic farm near
Cincinnati, Ohio

SCHOOL

Clark Montessori
7th grade
science students

APP

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Classroom Challenge

Student scientists planted both organic and commercial seeds in a rooftop garden at their school to measure rate of growth, size of vegetables, fertilizer effect and other variables. With help from their teachers, students developed a hypothesis, researched possible solutions, gathered data and analyzed organic vs. non-organic produce. Students assessed nutritional value, taste and size. Students used their findings to make marketing recommendations for Gorman Heritage Farm to help boost its sales of organic produce.

Goal: Academic Achievement

CASE-BASED LEARNING PROMOTES ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BY OFFERING

  • Curriculum that matches math and science standards using a highly interactive teaching method
  • Non-linear problem solving using multiple variables
  • Increased student engagement through hands-on, experiential learning
  • In Their Own Words

    Educators and Partners describe the benefits of Case-Based Learning.

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    Technology Support

    PIE Business Partners offer an authentic challenge using STEM K-12 concepts. Each participating school receives devices for all student participants.

    Using 1:1 technology, students created an app available across all global platforms, providing significant new revenue for school districts.

    Program offers sustainable funding for all program technology, STEM curriculum development and educator professional development.

    Program creates a web page and 30-second professional videos featuring case partners, students and educators discussing STEM experiential curriculum, teaching notes and testimonials.

    Key Skills Learned

    • PROBLEM-SOLVING
    • SUMMARIZING
    • EXPERIMENTATION
    • ANALYSIS

    • CLASSIFYING
    • BUSINESS PROCESS MODELING
    • RESEARCH DESIGN
    • DATA MINING

    • DATA INTERPRETATION
    • SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
    • TEAMWORK
    • VARIABLE IDENTIFICATION
    • APP CODING

    We’re able to see our ideas come to life with this project. We’ll remember better the math and science concepts we learned, because they’re associated with something that’s fun and active.

    CLARK MONTESSORI 7TH GRADER