SEEDpacket + SEEDeducation Map

Students at Perkins School's SEEDclassroom draw how they think the SEED water system works, just by looking at its exposed components.

Students at Perkins School's SEEDclassroom draw how they think the SEED water system works, just by looking at its exposed components.

The SEEDclassroom is meant to be a tool for experiential learning in all of the core curriculum categories, with a specific tie-in to STE(A)M curriculum. All of the building systems and components are intentionally left exposed so students can see and understand how the classroom functions and meets stringent Living Building requirements. Energy and water meters and hand-pump faucets allow student to engage directly with the functions of the building, understanding how their actions impact the building and the amounts of energy that are expended moving water and creating a comfortable space. 

Perkins School SEEDclassroom students take turns maintaining the composting toilet as part of their science class.

Perkins School SEEDclassroom students take turns maintaining the composting toilet as part of their science class.

Every SEEDclassroom comes with a SEEDpacket - a classroom Operation and Maintenance Manual organized by Living Building Challenge petal, that gives specifics on each system in the classroom and K-12 lesson plans for ways to utilize those systems as teaching tools. An online SEEDpatch is being developed to connect SEEDclassrooms to each other and allow anyone to click on a SEED and see how it is performing when it comes to energy and water collection and use. Students and teachers can access the SEEDpatch to share lesson plans, stories about their experience in their SEED and compare data collected. 

SEEDclassroom truly is a living laboratory. Energy meters can be incorporated into math classes and used to learn lessons about climate change. Water catchment can be used to examine the composition of rain water, potable water, city supplied potable water and grey water. These water sources can be used to water plants or raise salmon to see how they respond and grow differently in different water types. The composition of materials used in the SEEDclassroom vs. materials on the Living Building Challenge Red List can be studied in chemistry to understand why some are good and others are bad. As we have developed the SEEDeducation map and worked with educators and students, we've discovered that the opportunities are endless and stretch across all core subjects.