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Our Student-Led Global Food Security Experiment continues in New York City


Dr. Ronelus of Timothy Dwight Elementary (PS 33X) in the Bronx and Ms. Janice Mack of Albany Avenue Elementary School (PS 91) in Brooklyn took their students’ bush bean experiments home so they could continue to learn, share and lead this ongoing research, despite COVID-19.

Their work includes a first for Elementary schools using Internet soil monitoring sensors to send data via OPEN’s partner Helium Systems, Inc. Hotspot LoRaWAN relays up to our cloud servers to participating OPEN schools and scientists. Soon new sensors will be deployed to send data for students to analyze and determine how to adjust their treatments to obtain greater and healthier food crop yields.

Our young students are showing their resilience and determination to learn and support their communities in the face of this unprecedented planetary threat. While their teachers contend with new unforeseen challenges of an overnight switch to fully online teaching.


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