Research project STEM and FORK (STEM & VORK)

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Main research question

Through an extracurricular STEM model of action learning, this project aims to reconnect youth and (young) adults with producing and understanding their food through digital and sustainable food systems. STEM & VORK is our ambitious STEM programme for a more sustainable local food system. We want to open-source the use of intelligent sensors, robotics, AI and big data to create new forms of urban agro-production that enable a local, resilient and fair food system.

Research approach

STEM & VORK offers two linked trajectories that build on a series of introductory workshops. In the first pathway "Atelier Carrotier" a vegetable garden is created, using a farmbot which is built and programmed by the participants. Elements of permaculture and aquaponics are discussed, as well as 3D design and building your own instruments for testing, resulting in your own fresh vegetables and fish. In the second track, "Atelier Biosystems", we actively learn how ecosystems and micro-organisms can help us design sustainable systems for our own nutrient cycling, waste processing, water purification and biosensing.

Relevance/Valorization

STEM & VORK wants to appeal to a diverse and intergenerational range of participants.

The aim is to create an offer with broad social relevance, using inquiry-based learning through "real life" experiences, relevant challenges that appeal to today's youth.