Chicken Coop for the Egg-gineer's Soul
Columbia Secondary School (CSS) is a 6th-12th grade public school founded in 2007 through a first-of-its-kind partnership between Columbia University and the New York City Department of Education. The school aims to raise future leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields – and believes that an eye toward sustainability is critical in this endeavor.
Since its start in 2009, our community garden, just east of the Columbia campus, has evolved from an overgrown vacant lot into a thriving garden. In addition to providing fresh produce for our school salad bar, the garden also offers a site for hands-on learning: students explore the microbial world and possibilities for waste reduction through our multiple composting models; and learn the workings of the seasons through planning, planting, and maintaining garden beds. After a successful chicken pilot project in 2013, we adopted our first full-time fowl last fall. Our chickens provide us with fresh eggs, fertilizer, and feathered friendship, but when winter hits, they need a warm place to roost. This is why we need your help. We’re seeking funding to build a winterized chicken coop.
For their Senior Capstone Project, CSS student engineers will design and build a sustainable winterized chicken coop, complete with solar-powered doors, water heaters, and automatic food dispensers. Your contributions will help us purchase building materials and other necessary supplies. Please add your support to help our egg-gineers’ imaginations soar. (And keep our chickens, including Mrs. Patmore and Daisy, warm!) Remember… winter is coming.
Another way to help is by sharing our project with your friends, colleagues, fellow urban gardeners and feathered friends. Please visit www.columbiasecondary.org for more information about how we’re changing the face of STEM education in New York.
Thank you for your support.