Hydrotech

Hydrotech are the technologies involved with hydroponics which is a type of horticulture where plants are grown without soil. Hydroponics are able to produce crops at a quick rate and for a low startup cost. Additionally, certain types of hydroponics such as Aeroponics don’t utilize as much water which can allow crops to grow in harsher conditions. Many view hydroponics as the future of farming and gardening and have looked into technologies to improve these processes.
With the right technology, a mass of microgreens and seeds can be grown all at once.

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.

Beginner

Hydroponics with Microgreen Cultivation

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in soilless mediums. This tech kit introduces students to a simple form of hydroponics through which they will be able to grow their own microgreens. Microgreens are various greens that are grown only until they form their first pair of true leaves.

Intermediate

Hydroponics Using Deep Water Culture

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: Deep water culture is a more sophisticated form of hydroponics that provides nutrients to the roots of the plant by immersing them in a nutrient solution. The roots of the plant are aerated using an air pump and aquarium stone.

Advanced

Hydroponics Using Aeroponic System

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: Aeroponic systems use an open-air root system and nutrient-filled mist to propagate plants. Seeds or cuttings are placed in foam collars so that they are exposed to light on top and nutrient mist at the roots. These systems are very water-efficient, and the high exposure of the roots to oxygen leads to efficient growth.

Resources

Aeroponic system

Description:
Environment where plant roots are sprayed with nutrients and suspended in air in order to grow.

Deep Water Culture System

Description: Includes the Official Starter Kit from Arduino, MAKE Magazine's "Getting Started with Arduino: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform" and Speed Kits handy PIN-OUT Reference Chart for the Uno R3.

Microgreen Seeds

Description: Immature vegetable greens that are yet to fully grow.

Jack's nutrients

Description: A collection of formulas for growing plants that work for many different controlled environments

pH Kit

Description: A kit of tools to test the pH, or acidity/basicity, of water and other solutions.

Clonex Rooting Gel

Description: A gel to root/anchor plants down into a system.