Project Profile

Project Title:
Growing Brains
Imagineaction Social Action Projects
School Name:
Riverview high school
School board / First Nations school jurisdiction:
School District 2
Project Theme:
  • Thrive [health & wellness]
  • Lead [leadership]
  • Live [environmental sustainability]
Grade Level:
Subject Areas:
New Brunswick
Community Partners:
Local community
Town Council

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Growing Brains

The community just put in a community garden, but the patrons have difficulty getting seedlings from a greenhouse. Our school has a greenhouse that is mostly brown because human do not tend to it. We would like to build an automated greenhouse that would supply seedlings and perhaps vegetables to the food bank that would require minimal human interventions.

The students will learn how to use coding, electrical engineering, chemistry, biology, broad based technology, CAD and nutrition to solve real problems for real people. The community will gain much needed seedlings for their community garden.

Update (November-04-15)

Riverview, NB – A $1500 micro-grant was awarded to Riverview High School students at Sustaina-palooza, last weekend at the Chocolate River Station.

RHS Science 12 students Caitlyn Downes, Cole Hayden and Dakota Steeves pitched their project, a sustainable Hydro-Aquaponic greenhouse, to a judging panel on Saturday, April 18. They were one of 11 groups to vying for the Palooza Pitch prize. The micro-grant will assist the students in creating an aquaculture greenhouse wall inside Riverview High School that will provide experiential learning opportunities in sustainable food systems for students and citizens alike.

“These project pitches from our community were each inspiring in their own way,” said Shane Thomson, Riverview’s director of economic development. “In fact the judges were so enthused by another RHS project that they contributed $500 of their own money, above and beyond the $1500 prize.”

That project developed by students Sydney Irvine, Ashley Meehan and Grace Park is a public art piece which also functions as a sundial. They will use the funds to build a prototype and costing for the finished piece.

Sustaina-palooza participants enjoyed three days of films, tours, discussions and workshops as well as a keynote presentation by Jason Roberts, founder of The Better Block.

The Town’s sustainability committee Envision Riverview took the opportunity to launch its vision statement for the town’s sustainability plan which is still in development. The vision is the culmination of three months of engagement activity, which included over 400 survey responses and three Envision Cafés. The vision statement will guide the committee as it completes an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan for the Town of Riverview.

Update (May-15-16)

After the aquaponics system was created, we were informed that the school was getting an addition and the new section would replace the greenhouse. The components are in temporary storage until a new location can be found.