A digital biolaboratory for plants was presented in Korsakov Solnyshko Kindergarten. Be a Friend to the Nature Project was funded by Sakhalin Energy under the Korsakov Sustainable Development Partnership Council.
Managing the elements of an automatic microclimate system—lighting, watering, temperature and humidity—seems complicated only at first glance. At a set time, built-in sensors record the state of the system, easily creating in the tank conditions that are closest to the necessary parameters for active plant growth. For example, the duration, frequency and intensity of lighting can be changed both automatically and manually, which affects the life cycles of plants.
Preschoolers demonstrated this theoretical knowledge when they independently grew oats, radishes, lettuce, and other plants in the laboratory. Guests of the open lesson watched with interest how the kids, like experienced agronomists, easily navigated the indicators of the Miracle Beds—another complex for a biological workshop that allows you to observe the processes of swelling and germination of seeds, the growth of the root system, stems and leaves, to explore the effect light, heat, air and water have on them. The knowledge of the kindergarteners is impressive, but understandable: in order to gain experience they had to conduct their own experiment, which took several months. The children planted oats in three biological laboratories, observing the development of the plant in different “comfort” conditions. Soil moisture, air temperature, watering frequency—all these indicators were automatically adjusted by means of special software.
“Children are interested in everything new—thanks in large part to this, our kindergarteners receive the first experience of joint collective project work and learn to analyse the results of experiments. It is interesting that the children’s parents are involved in this process too, not only helping them in their research, but also holding themed meetings within the walls of the kindergarten, expanding the children’s horizons,” said Elena Barakhoyeva, senior teacher.
The guests of the event—educators of kindergartens of the regional centre—took interest in the project of Solnyshko Kindergarten. Perhaps they will apply the experience gained during the open lesson to a new project for Korsakov’s preschool children.
“Initiatives in the field of environmental education of children, when along with theory there is an opportunity to put their knowledge into practice using modern technologies, are gaining more and more popularity among the educational institutions of Sakhalin. Several projects in this field have already been implemented in the Korsakov district. Who knows, maybe today’s young experimenters will grow to be famous scientists,” said Maria Skokova, Specialist of the Sakhalin Energy Social Performance Subdivision.
7 November 2019