Last Thursday, Borough President Eric Adams announced that the allocation will fund the construction of multiple hydroponic labs, maker spaces, creative labs and other spaces where students can engage in experiential learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
Adams made the announcement at PS 158 in East New York, which now has a state-of-the-art computer lab and mobile tech lab.
“When we invest in our students, we invest in the future of our borough and our city,” Adams said in a statement. “This $15 million capital allocation will help prepare students for jobs in emerging industries, while also advancing our goal of making Brooklyn healthier using cutting-edge technologies to grow food in schools.”
Over the past six years, the borough president has allocated more than $140 million to Brooklyn schools. The latest investment is part of his “Growing Brooklyn’s Future” initiative.
“All students deserve educational environments where they can explore their curiosity with experiential, hands-on learning,” Adams added, “and this year’s capital budget shows we are committed to making that happen.”
Manuela Zamora, executive director of New York Sun Works, a nonprofit organization that builds the hydroponics labs in schools, said the funding will bring 21st century science and sustainability education into the classroom.
“The NY Sun Works Hydroponics Labs will provide students with the opportunity to grow food while learning lands-on about science and climate education, as well as food justice and community service,” Zamora said in a statement. “Moreover, it will provide beautiful harvests of leafy greens for the greater school community.”