Students Tackle Urban Hunger

Students at King Science Center are tackling hunger issues in their community; growing healthy food for a good cause as part of a national competition.

Inside Ms. Denton's classroom, you'll find a set-up resembling a greenhouse with a twist and seventh-grader Imani lamar said, "Having the ability to help our community with a system like this is pretty amazing."

It's called aquaponics and just as the name implies, the process starts in the water.

The students are on the front lines of a hunger problem in North Omaha. They’re growing fresh produce.

King Science Center’s Kris Denton said, "How do we solve the problem of an urban food desert? In our neighborhood, I can walk to a convenience store, but I can't walk to a grocery store that has fresh produce."

It's science impacting the community with 150 pounds of fresh produce harvested over the three-year life of the program and the special ingredient that makes it all go is fish waste.

Seventh-grader Carly Klein said, "When we harvest the plants, and we give the food to the Open Door Mission, it helps feed the people there."

It takes roughly five weeks for the produce to be ready. Everything is accounted for. Clay pods help hold in nutrients, artificial lighting is in place and there is even a substitute for bees.

Seventh-grader Raven Hollingworth explained, "When the flowers are growing, that's when you know the tomatoes are growing. You get the toothbrush and you get the pollen from it."

This is where you can help. You can vote for this project at the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Web site. Click here and scroll down to the Vote for This Project button on the right side of the page.

King Science Center is one of the national finalists in the running for a $140,000 technology grant.

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