Composting Worms Promote STEM in the School Classroom

A composting worms project at school provides many opportunities to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in the classroom. The school curriculum often covers the lifecycle of the earthworm. Students will retain more if they have hands-on experiences with the worms. A composting bin allows students to compost organic food waste generated at school. The composting process results in worm castings, a fertilizer for growing new plants. The project can easily pay for itself if the worm castings are put up for sale. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm shows you how to get started with a classroom composting project. Customize the Project Teachers can pick-and-choose the scope of the project and which STEM elements to include. A minimal project would involve setting up a worm bin and depositing classroom waste. Many STEM elements can be included such as measuring trash volume before and during the project (math); worm anatomy; the decomposition process; and animal husbandry (science). Projects could include: Scaling up to include multiple classrooms, the entire school, and the school cafeteria (engineering, since larger composting projects are more complex). Preparing a business plan and selling the worm finished compost. Calculate the break-even point and profits (math). Inventing composting-related automation systems (technology). Analyzing detailed measurements of the worm population, size, trash in, finished compost out, and reproduction (science and math). How to Set Up a Classroom Composting Project Choose a location for the composting bin. The best location would be the school greenhouse or garden, if you have one. If … Continue reading Composting Worms Promote STEM in the School Classroom