The STEM lab at Booker T Washington STEM Academy in Champaign Ill looks out onto a rainwater cistern and garden giving students immediate connection to plant life and project based learning Photo courtesy of James Steinkamp Photography.

The STEM lab at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign, Ill., looks out onto a rainwater cistern and garden, giving students immediate connection to plant life and project based learning.

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Many schools are incorporating horticulture as a way to engage students in 21st-century topics.

Any reading of the education press will reveal that many professionals are torn over how to allocate resources among competing demands: preparing students for state assessments, the curriculum-driven elements of a solid education, and providing the right enrichment material for their students. Getting all these things done in a school year is difficult. Teachers want enough flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing digital world, but they don’t want their students to lose an apprecia

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