DIY Hydroponic Garden – SCOPES-DF

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Studio 5
Studio 5
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In line with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s Digital Youth Strategy, STUDIO 5 is mainly aimed at nurturing youth as digital learners by sharpening their 21st century learning skills, as they develop in an all-pervasive digital environment. In… Read More

Summary

During this workshop, participants will assemble a mini desktop hydroponic garden using plywood. They will put their creation to the test by growing chickpeas in their soil-less, nutrient-water based hydroponic garden.

What You'll Need

 

The Instructions

Presentation

Follow through the presentation to understand more about Hydroponic Gardens and how they work!

 

What is a Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab)?

 

 

What types of machines exist within a FabLab?

 

 

Here are the 4 zones in the Studio5 FabLab

 

 

What is DIY?

 

 

Examples of DIY

 

 

What is Hydroponics?

 

 

 

Watch an informative video about Hydroponics for beginners

 

 

These are some basic ingredients one would need for Hydroponic farming

 

 

There are a couple of ways one can do Hydroponic farming, demonstrated here are a few examples 

 

 

Let us go into the difference between Hydroponics and Aeroponics

 

 

 

Watch a video that explains how Aeroponic systems work

 

 

Wait a minute, there is something called Aquaponics too!?

 

 

Let us watch a video that explains Aquaponics

 

 

Now that you are all experts on Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Aquaponics, let us get in to making one for ourselves!

Build your Hydroponic Garden!

Let us dive into making your own mini desktop Hydroponic Garden

Firstly, we need some Net Cups. We were unable to find some locally, so we 3D printed our Net Cups! Isn’t it amazing what all you can create with 3D printers!

 

 

We will be using our Laser cutter to cut Plywood to create our Hydroponic system. But before that, here are a few techniques you can use to create boxes using your Laser Cutter.

 

 

Our Hydroponic box is created using Finger joints

 

 

Now let’s Laser cut our Hydroponic garden! (Refer to the Illustrator design file)

 

 

Once you have your laser cut plywood pieces, spray it with a clear-coat or varnish both the sides to make your box waterproof. Once you’re done coating it, let it dry completely before moving on to the next step