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Freethink

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Videos, 6 minutes, 19 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Europe

Format

YouTube Video

The Futuristic Farms That Will Feed the World

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Synopsis
  • This video is about the efficient farming practices in the Netherlands that make them among the top food producers and exporters in the world.
  • Students will learn about the systems and technologies that allow the Dutch to produce twenty times more food using four times less water.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The innovative technologies are interesting and engaging for students. For example, the moth-killing drones and the climate-controlled greenhouse are very cool.
  • It is solutions-focused to address the issues of feeding a growing population in a changing climate using limited resources.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand how traditional greenhouses work.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of climate change.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
This video spotlights the greenhouse technology deployed to boost sustainable agricultural production in the Netherlands. The technology mimics climates of other regions and tests crop suitability, pest management, water management, etc. to support global agricultural production. This is suitable for replication and recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 8.ESS3.4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS.ETS1.1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
      • HS.ETS1.3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
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