We are so grateful to our community and the support the Floating Lab at the Hub Farm has received. With only a few days left of the campaign, we are thrilled to exceed our goal. All funds raised above the 12.5K will go towards the total cost - (25K!) of building the lab. This will allow the Hub Farm to use our other already-limited funding for valuable programming for students, teaching materials, and infrastructure. The more money raised now means more enriching hands-on projects for the near future!
To give you an idea of the projects in the works: building an outdoor kitchen where students can learn to cook the food they've grown, mapping the environmental and cultural aspects of the site and mapping trails, setting up water quality monitoring stations so we can test the waters and run experiments on how well rain gardens and biofiltration gardens clean water, bringing potable water to the site for harvest stations and drinking water, woodland outdoor classroom, building a low ropes course, getting more animals like goats and pigs and more chickens at the Hub Farm!
Thank you so much again for supporting this project!
FLOATING LAB IN THE NEWS!
On the Floating Lab, expect engaging hands-on learning, fun interaction with the water, and concerts and plays! The Durham Public Schools HUB FARM and the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University are partnering to create 576 sf of gathering space for students and the community on the HUB FARM pond.
Design features of the Floating Lab give students a direct experience with the cyclical nature of water. A metal grate in the flooring system gives students access to the pond water for sample collection and testing. The Lab also provides a shaded space for teachers and students to gather for lessons.
The design phase of the project is complete and construction is under way. The project will be completed mid-August 2013.
Durham Public Schools HUB FARM
The HUB FARM engages Durham Public School students and teachers, as well as the greater Durham community, in all aspects of the local food system, environmental stewardship and career development.
Supporting this mission, the HUB Farm site will include food production gardens, all-ages educational gardens, outdoor classrooms, ecological study areas of forest, pond, wetland and stream, cooking facilities, a student-run farmers market, and robust community and institutional partnership networks that leverage this physical resource for the health and nutritional development of Durham's youth.
We envision the HUB Farm as a central component in a healthier local food system for Durham, where hands-on engagement across all areas of study will coincide with greater physical activity, food awareness, and outdoor experiences.
The Floating Lab is an exciting component to this project that will bring students and the community closer together to enjoy the outdoors.
NCSU School of Architecture
Each summer, the School of Architecture at NCSU offers a Summer Design/Build studio for its students. In the course, both graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to not only design a project but also construct it as well. The structure of the course provides students with invaluable lessons that could not be gained in the classroom alone.
Each year, the Design/Build Studio works with a client to create architecture that gives back to the community. Previous projects include The Leaf in Durham Central Park and The Turning Point at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. This year the NCSU students are excited to be working on a project that will enhance not only their education, but also the education of Durham County Public School students.
The overall budget for the HUB Farm Floating Lab is $25,000. We're asking for half of that -- $12,500. Anything raised above this amount will go towards building the lab and allow the Hub Farm to avoid taking away already-limited funding from valuable programming for students, teaching materials, and infrastructure.
Risks and challenges
Summer in Durham, NC = HEAT and HEAVY RAINS! With the guidance and direction of experienced faculty, including licensed architects and contractors, and clear communication with our partners as we make decisions and progress, the students are prepared for the challenging task before them. With some due-dilegence before the start of the project, the partners were able to work out the permitting challenges prior to the start of work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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