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January 22, 2018 - Cochrane Learning Connection

Big Idea: How might we improve the quality of life in our community through planting, growing and feeding?

Driving Questions

How might we benefit from bringing plants into our learning and working environments?

What are some of the challenges being faced in our community and what are some of the strategies or prototypes for improving the quality of life in our community for all?

What are some actions that we can take to improve quality of life and the overall health of our community?

What materials and tools are available to empower us to design and build prototypes for solving problems?


Firsthand exploration of design thinking processes and protocols.

Confidence in design and using tools for making prototypes

Community partnerships enhance and fuel learning.

Bringing the benefits of gardens, both inside and out, to our learning and working environments.


Presentation Poster sharing local issues and the benefits of gardens to quality of life

Unique designs of original growing systems with expert feedback

Built prototype of a growing system to bring back to classrooms and schools in RVS


8:45am Introduction, coffee, Norms for our work together

9:00am Inquiry Phase with The Alex  “The Alex is changing how we look at health care in Calgary.”
We know that good health is the complete state of physical, mental, emotional and economic well-being. We cannot enjoy whole health when we are hungry, when we are in chronic pain, when we don’t have a roof over our head, when we feel disconnected from our community, when we are living in poverty. And fixing one of these issues while ignoring the rest is just a band-aid solution.

Our health, housing and food programs support our most vulnerable neighbours, tackling tough health and social issues head-on, and our preventative, cost-effective programs save millions in taxpayer dollars by moving people from poverty to stability and from crisis to wellness.

What issues are members of our community facing?
What prototypes are being tested?
How do plants, gardens and fresh food impact human health and well-being?

10:30am PosterDesign Time: Why plants matter or How plants benefit our quality of life? Share your contribution to the poster for publishing.

10:45am Design a growing system that will improve the quality of life for your students. Design a system that considers the constraints of our environment and your classroom.

11:25am Critical Friends Feedback from experts in design and horticulture.

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Fabrication of a growing system for your school or classroom. Working with experts at Fuse33, participants will make a functional growing system to take back to their classes. Design to be determined similar to below?
– https://insteading.com/blog/5-gallon-bucket-gardening-reuse/
– https://balconygardenweb.com/plastic-bottle-vertical-garden-soda-bottle-garden/
– https://balconygardenweb.com/hanging-herb-garden-ideas-for-small-spaces/

3:30pm Departure