Digging STEM at the Department of Juvenile Justice Garden

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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.