Digging STEM at the Department of Juvenile Justice Garden

Digging STEM at the Department of Juvenile Justice Garden

Students serving time in Leon County’s Juvenile Detention Center have been engaging in a science curriculum while getting their hands dirty. The Department of Juvenile Justice reached out to Michele Madison of Farming the Future to help build a garden and aquaponics system. They learn everything from plant biology to the nutrient cycle to engineering, and grow food for their cafeteria.

A man standing next to a forest
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Rob Diaz de Villegas is a senior producer for television at WFSU Public Media, covering outdoors and ecology. After years of producing the music program OutLoud, Rob found himself in a salt marsh with a camera, and found a new professional calling as well. That project, the National Science Foundation funded "In the Grass, On the Reef," spawned the award-winning WFSU Ecology Blog. Now in its tenth year, the Ecology Blog recently wrapped its most ambitious endeavor, the EcoCitizen Project.

Rob is married with two young sons, who make a pretty fantastic adventure squad.