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NY Sun Works Opens New Hydroponic Farm Classroom in East Flatbush

Students enrolled in the NY Sun Works program are more likely to score higher on the 4th grade science achievement test scores, according data acquired by the nonprofit.
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Megan Nordgrén spoke about the new program at the ribbon-cutting. Photo: Provided/NY Sun Works.

NY Sun Works, a not-for-profit organization that builds hydroponic classrooms in city schools just celebrated the opening of a new hydroponic farm classroom at PS 135 The Sheldon A. Brookner School in East Flatbush.

NY Sun Works Executive Director Manuela Zamora hosted the celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the school's principal Trevlyn McRae, teachers, students and community partners.

“We are excited to welcome PS 135 in our cohort of Brooklyn schools and expand access to climate and sustainability education through hydroponics technology for our young learners,”  Zamora said.

“Our innovative science lab and curriculum strives to inspire students to pursue opportunities and experiences in STEM, helping to create a generation of environmental innovators, empowered to create solutions to global resource challenges.”

The hydroponic farms help educate K through 12th-grade students on sustainability through urban farming. NY Sun Works provides science educators and schools with the tools and resources to teach the science of sustainability. 

Educators implement a progressive and innovative curriculum that uses the hydroponics systems installed in the classroom to connect environmental education and sustainability while covering the Common Core, Scope and Sequence and EfS science standards.

“We are honored to partner with NY Sun Works to provide our young learners access to hands-on science education that will help meet academic achievement and more importantly develop a generation of environmentally conscientious global citizens,” said  PS 135 Principal Trevlyn McRae.

“The opening of our new Hydroponic Lab Classroom and garden will provide students with limitless opportunities and foster a love for learning that will stay with them throughout their academic career.”

PS 135 joins 98 partner schools in Brooklyn, 220 schools across the city and more than 85,000 students annually in all five boroughs.