A group of Jackson County’ School System’s elementary and middle school teachers learned about sustainable food systems when they visited the Green Roof Garden on top of the University of Georgia’s Geography-Geology building July 18.
Instead of the usual flat, gray roof, this building, one of the main science buildings on the Athens campus, has 2,200 sq. ft. of grass, vegetables, and green space. The garden has a range of crops, including turnips, radishes, beets, collards, spinach, and carrots, as well as blueberry trees, blackberries and an herb garden.
The Green Roof Garden visit was one of many activities teachers participated in as part of a week-long Math & Science Partnership grant workshop, Project EPSSSMAR — Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills through Scientific and Mathematical Argumentation and Reasoning.
Other topics included entomology, coding, and robotics, all viewed through the lens of argumentation and reasoning.
Deborah Riddleberger, science and social studies content specialist for JCSS, and Todd Nickelsen, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, coordinate the grant for JCSS.
It is part of nearly $2 million in MSP grants JCSS has earned from the Georgia Department of Education, securing funds in the competitive program six of the seven times they have been offered since 2004.