SteadyGROWpro Creates Education Kits for Use in Science Classrooms

SteadyGROWpro has comprehensive, hands-on life science education kits to be used in the classroom. Sprout Jones: Life Science Education complements any elementary life science curriculum. Plant Propagation: A Scientific Inquiry teaches high school students about scientific methods, and Agricultural Research: Soilless Growing is designed for agriculture and horticulture programs.

A no mess, no bacteria and no insect alternative to growing plants in the classroom helps teachers cover:

  • seed germination
  • vegetative propagation
  • root development
  • plant nutrition
  • pollination
  • plant life cycle
  • photosynthesis

In October 2010, 200 fourth-, fifth- and seventh-grade students at Gompers Fine Arts Option School in Chicago used the science educational units and kits developed by steadyGROWpro. To view a video story featuring feedback on the steadyGROWpro program from the teachers and students at Gompers, click here. To place an order, please visit us online.

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Frey Scientific adds steadyGROWpro to innovative line of science education products and services for teachers

FreyFrey Scientific, a division of School Specialty Science, will add steadyGROWpro’s science education classroom kits to its catalog of products and services.

There are three classroom kits available. Sprout Jones: Life Science Education complements any elementary life science curriculum. Plant Propagation: A Scientific Inquiry teaches high school students about scientific methods, and Agricultural Research: Soilless Growing is designed for agriculture and horticulture programs. A no mess, no bacteria and no insect alternative to growing plants in the classroom helps teachers cover:

  • seed germination
  • vegetative propagation
  • root development
  • plant nutrition
  • pollination
  • plant life cycle
  • photosynthesis

Frey Scientific brings the best hands-on science education solutions to pre-K to12 teachers, helping engage students with innovative approaches. The knowledgeable sales staff at Frey Scientific provides creative solutions in science by offering innovative products and services for elementary, middle and high school science education.

Dan Kooken, director of catalog marketing and merchandising at Frey, thinks steadyGROWpro will be popular with teachers in the catalog and online. He likes how steadyGROWpro has built the media into the curriculum. “They have a different approach and their graphics just grab you,” said Kooken.

Kooken saw the product at a show about a year ago. “At Frey, we look at the gaps in our product line before we choose a product. Because we are a big corporation, Frey likes to carry unique items from smaller companies,” adds Kooken. “Science needs innovation, so we are always on the lookout for products like steadyGROWpro.” Frey has about a dozen sales reps out in the field who promote all the products. Science is very specialized, so all the sales reps are trained on as many products as possible so they can help the teacher implement them into the curriculum.”

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Cucumbers at the steadyGROWpro Office

Check out the cucumbers we grew outside the office this summer! We floated the plants with styrofoam in a baby pool, and have just begun harvesting from the (over) 8 ft. tall vines.

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Grow knowledge online with free steadyGROWpro lesson plans

Price conscious educators are getting a boost in their efforts to teach plant related sciences from steadyGROWpro, which now offers free lesson plans on their website.

The lesson plans utilize the company’s unique soilless growing media, and allow students to get hands-on experience with growing plants right in the classroom with no mess, no bacteria and no insects.

Visit steadygrowpro.com to download the free lesson plans, available as a PDF.

SteadyGROWpro currently has two lessons available, with plans to roll out more in the coming months. One on cold stratification shows the many variables involved in seed germination, especially as it relates to temperature and moisture. The other lesson plan compares germination performance   in soilless media versus manufactured potting mixes.

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SteadyGROWpro Provides Science Classroom Makeover at Pike High School

Pike High School science teacher, Christina Sabato, is the winner of a recent contest sponsored by steadyGROWpro, the maker of comprehensive, hands-on life science education kits to be used for growing plants in the classroom.

Sabato’s classroom was fitted with equipment valued at more than $400, including a tabletop grow light, watering cans, plant labels, and a pH and EC testing meter. In addition, the classroom makeover included a variety of soilless growing media from steadyGROWpro which will allow Sabato’s students to experience propagating various plants. Also included in the classroom makeover is educational material regarding plant parts, eco-systems, and a 3-D model of a plant cell.

“Your product is amazing! The students and I have planted many different types of seeds into the media,” Sabato said. “I will be sending pictures soon to let you see the wonderful seedlings,” she adds.

“We were pleased to provide Christina with the science classroom makeover. The equipment is designed to assist teachers in their efforts to educate students about plant propagation using scientific methods,” explained Kelvin Frye, National Sales Manager.

SteadyGROWpro designs comprehensive, hands-on life science education kits to be used for growing plants in the classroom. Sprout Jones: Life Science Education complements any elementary life science curriculum. Plant Propagation; A Scientific Inquiry explores plant propagation using scientific methods, and Agricultural Research; Soilless Growing is designed for agriculture and horticulture which focus on plant growth.  All kits provide a no mess, no bacteria and no insect alternatives to growing plants in the classroom. Through growing plants in the classroom, these kits will help teachers cover plant science subjects which include:

  • seed germination
  • vegetative propagation
  • root development
  • plant nutrition
  • pollination
  • plant life cycle
  • photosynthesis

 

 

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Bill DeBoer Contribute’s Electrical Conductivity Research To Maximum Yield Magazine

We could not be more excited for our own research scientist, Bill DeBoer, who’s recent work has been published in Maximum Yield magazine. Bill explains `Electrical Conductivity And Monitoring Plant Nutrition’, providing valuable information to growers about the relationship between EC and fertilizers. With 250,000 international readers, monthly, Maximum Yield is one of the most popular indoor gardening magazines in the world. Ask any questions you have for Bill in the comments below, or on our Facebook Page.

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Gutter Garden Project, Completed!

The Dr. P Team has achieved success in the growing of our peppers and tomatoes in this, the Gutter Garden project. With spring just around the corner, our plants will get the hardening treatment before being placed outside permanently.

The Gutter Garden Project has proven to be extremely fun for the entire team. Our most rewarding moments are when friends and colleaguessee vegetables growing from a piece of guttering mounted on a step ladder. The steadyGROWpro H+ slab media provides a perfect combination of water retention, air porosity and nutrient availability for our plants. Very soon, blossoms will appear. We can’t wait for that first pepper or tomato to be picked!


 

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It’s Time! Start Scheduling Your Indoor Seed Starts

seeds in steadyGROWproDepending on where you live and garden, it is time to schedule your seeds for indoor starts.

When to start your seeds indoors depends on the type of seeds you plan to sow and on the last expected frost date for your area. Last expected frost dates can be found in the zone table below. To find out the zone for your area, check the USDA Hardiness Zone Map on the Internet, or contact your local cooperative extension.

Look on your seed package to find out how many weeks ahead of the frost date your seeds should be started. For example, for those readers from Indiana (Zone 5), the frost-free date range is March 30 through April 30. March 30 indicates the earliest time to plant outside and most likely avoid a frost which would damage or kill plants. Most tomato varieties suggest a start date of six to eight weeks prior to the frost-free date. Counting eight weeks back from March 30 means February 2 would have been the earliest date to start  tomato seeds! Counting six weeks back from April 30 means March 19 is the latest date to consider starting tomato seeds.

The time is now. Don’t be fooled by what you see when you look outdoors! It is time to start planning and start planting.

LAST EXPECTED FROST DATES BY ZONE
ZONE 1 – June 1 – June 30
ZONE 2, 3 and 4 – May 1 – May 31
ZONE 5, 6 and 7 – March 30 – April 30
ZONE 8 – February 28 – March 30
ZONE 9 – January 30 – February 28

 

 

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steadyGROWpro On Colorado Radio

Every Saturday Ask The Garden Pros with Jim & Keith comes on AM 1430 KEZW out of Denver, Colorado. The pros, Jim Borland and Keith Funk, provide garden tips, information, and news to their listeners, and have been doing so since 1994. steadyGROWpro has been making appearances during the show, recently, and we’re excited to be a part of one of Colorado’s top-rated, garden radio shows. Anyone can listen to the show live, from the Studio1430 website, Saturdays from 7 to 9 AM.

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Gutter Garden Project, 5

With the construction of our Gutter Garden complete and our variety of pepper plants and tomatoes showing tremendous root development in the steadyGROWpro seed germination media our next move is plain and simple; Transplant!

The process of transplanting our developed seedlings into the steadyGROWpro H+ slab media is as simple as 1 – 2 – 3.

  1. Saturate the steadyGROWpro H+ slab media that is in the gutter. We use hard tap water to completely saturate our media and then let it drain naturally. ThesteadyGROWpro H+ media will retain the proper amount of water for plant development.
  2. Separate the individual cells containing the plants to be used. Great care is taken not to damage our seedlings’ roots. The steadyGROWpro seed germination media is pre-cut to make this step very easy.
  3. Using a butter knife, cut a hole in the gutters slab media to accept the square cube of the seed germination media. Be sure that all sides of the two media are touching to insure nutrient and water transfer. If there is a void or gap, fill these areas in with the extra media that was removed when the hole was first made.

That’s how simple transplanting with steadyGROWpro can be. All the Dr. P Team needs to do now is provide normal care for our newest additions to the growing room. With a proper nutrient mixture, warmth and lighting, our Gutter Garden will have everything it needs for perfect plant growth.

 

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