Middle school grants support technology and exploration

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Students use a digital microscope to examine lettuce growing in a hydroponic tower. The microscopes were provided from a Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin grant and the hydroponics system was provided by a Wisconsin Public Service grant. (Contributed photo)

Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls received a grant this year from the Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin for digital microscopes and magnifiers, tools used by students to investigate and explore their world at a magnified level.

The digital microscopes work seamlessly with students’ Chromebooks so that students are not only able to view closer, they are able to take pictures and save them on their Chromebooks as well. The tools help extend the school’s technological capabilities, investigate and ask questions with a scientific mindset.

Another grant WMS received is from Wisconsin Public Service for a hydroponic growing system and grow lights for germinating seeds. Students harvested seeds in the fall and all year long have been growing native plants to plant in a pollinator garden.

There are over 50 plants, coming from of a variety of native species such as yellow coneflower, wild bergamot and cup plant.