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FHS Partners With Aggressively Organic

August 14, 2019

In 2019, juniors and seniors at Fishers High School are taking their coursework beyond the classroom and into the real world. On August 13, Mrs. Vaughn and Mrs. Riordan’s Pre-Calculus classes partnered with Aggressively Organic, a community partner focused on urban gardening, to provide a project-based learning experience that combines mathematics with food production and agribusiness. “Applied math skills are vital to the future success of our students,” says Riordan, “and project-based learning is a proven method to increase math context retention.”

Aggressively Organic is a Public Benefits Corporation that focuses on providing a means for reliable, local, and organic produce. Their Patent-Pending Micro Dendritic Pods use a growth medium, water, and nutrient solution to grow plants and produce without the hindrance of traditional pots and dirt.  Aggressively Organic’s Micro Dendritic Pods also require a minimum amount of intervention: 9 Micro Dendritic Pods fit in 1 square foot of space, and the plants only need to be watered an average of once every 26 days depending on the type of seed.

Students participating in this project are entrusted with formulating a business plan, growing their own produce, and executing the business plans they made using integral data analysis skills from Pre-Calculus. Once they are finished with the project, students will have some experience in entrepreneurship as well as a more comprehensive understanding of return on investment, cost of production, budgeting, and marketing. By partnering with Aggressively Organic, Riordan and Vaughn are not only giving their students an opportunity to build their professional network and apply classroom learning – they are implementing memorable, resume-building experiences for their high school students.

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