Best of the Week 2021-2022: Teaching to the Future


ST. ED'S GARDEN TO GET NEW ADDITION; ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS TO DESIGN AND BUILD CHICKEN COOP

Seeking to expand their understanding of urban farming, St. Ed's Garden Club is collaborating with the Engineering & Technology department to design and build a chicken coop this semester. After researching the Lakewood City laws and completing the city's application, students were granted permission to follow through with their chicken coop addition to the east side of St. Ed's Giving Garden.

"The chicken coop project will help the Design Technology students learn structural design through a large build. The Garden Club will also expand upon their urban farming skills, now providing eggs to the community, and learn how to care for other living things," says Engineering & Technology Department Chair Mr. JC Froelich '08. "This new contribution to the Giving Garden will help support the Labre Ministry program, St. Ed's Community Meal, and the Food Pantry by providing fresh produce and eggs." With the intention to have the coop completed prior to the Thanksgiving break, students will then take care of six chicks in late winter to raise these hens and repeat the process annually for the school to have a total of 24 hens to lay eggs. Collaborating with Custodial Services & Event Setup Supervisor Mr. Nathan Hardin, students have utilized hand drawings and CAD models to create technical drawings for the construction of the chicken coop. "This project has allowed our students to work together through an entire design cycle. They have had to identify the problem, complete research, iterate through multiple designs, learn structural building, and will eventually critique their final product for potential improvements or changes that can be made," says Mr. Froelich. "The Garden Club will learn how garden waste can help the chickens, and vice versa, how chicken waste can be composted to help the garden flourish."