Water the Garden Project

Due Date:  March 15th, 2016

We will put your creations in a special exhibit on Science Night at the end of March!


Challenge: How (and How Much) Do We Water our Foothill Gardens?


Step One:  The Discovery Phase:

In the Discovery Phase, you try to understand the Challenge!

Some good things to do:

  • Collect and write down all the thoughts you have about the challenge.
  • Does it feel like too much to do?  If so, can you find a smaller piece or make it simpler?
  • Do you think you would like to work on this by yourself or with a team?  (Don’t worry, you can change your mind later!)  If you already have a team, you can share ideas with each other.
  • Who is this design for?  Can you think of any questions you should ask those people?
  • Can you think of any experts for this challenge?  Can you think of any questions you should ask the experts?
  • How might you get some inspiration for this challenge?  Are there books you can look at?  What might be some good internet searches?  (Remember to be safe on the internet!
  • Build a question guide:  Figure out things you would would like to know more about.  What do you still need to learn?


How to Write Good Questions:

  • Think of some very specific questions that people will be comfortable answering.  For example, how do people deal with the challenge right now?
  • Think of some very broad questions, ask about people’s hopes and fears.  What is the best that could happen?  What is the worst that can happen?
  • Pay attention to the answers you get from your first round.  Use the answers to ask some ‘what if’ questions.


Some facts about our Foothill Garden to get you started:

  • Our Foothill Garden is split between two places:  one near the MakerSpace, and one just by the Kindergarten rooms.
  • Rain, temperature, and wind all affect the water needs of our garden.
  • Different plants need different amounts of water.
  • We have one community garden day a month, and we have had 5-20 people show up to each one.
  • Donnette Teeple is the primary person responsible for taking care of our garden right now.


Some interesting projects that you might get inspiration from:

On our October FabLab Night, we’ll post Step Two: Brainstorming and Building Teams — at the end of that session, we’ll ask participants to tell us what materials they’d like to have for the next step — prototyping!