Elevating Agriculture Technology BOSTON

Students enrolled in this Boston Design Academy program will focus on creating in-home gardening devices that could aid community members battling food insecurity by Elevating Agriculture Technologies (EAT). This program will be led by Lead Instructor Shayna Holloway, Assistant Instructor Daylin Aguasvivas, and supported by Tufts University Laidlaw Scholars James Lai and Aryan Pandey.

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  • Description:

    Elevating Agriculture Technology is a strategy to combine social challenges in tech education and food management to deal with some of the essential needs within the community. We want students to innovate smart technologies specific to urban agriculture gardening in tandem with growing their own gardens. This dual approach of learning distinguishes EAT from other urban agriculture community and local gardening activities and programs. Students will focus on product design and development to elevate and create personal gardening technologies that incorporate lighting, water, and pest control.

    BDA students will gain an awareness of local, state, and national initiatives focused on food insecurity, current urban gardening practices, and participate in a robust guest speaker series that includes community members, medical professionals, urban farmers, and government representatives.

    They will also participate in design thinking workshops, explore NASA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) patents, learn product design utilizing CAD software and rapid prototyping techniques, program electronic components, and use 3D printing technologies.

    What you’ll learn

    Gardening Knowledge

    • Local urban gardening practices and initiatives
    • Utilization of the Farmer’s Almanac
    • Impact of Federal initiatives on Crop Production and Storage

    Technology and Product Design

    • Understanding of Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping techniques
    • Exploration of NASA and USDA Patent Portfolios
    • Experience utilizing advance software and hardware tools

    Social Justice Acuity

    • History of laws and policies that have impacted minority communities
    • Knowledge of how to advocate for and improve community outcomes
    • Development confidence to speak with industry professionals and community leaders


    Students must be enrolled in a Boston Public School, METCO, or participating in PIC as a summer employee. Students should show an interest in STEAM career exploration particularly engineering and industrial design. All students with an interest in a STEAM career are welcome!

    As part of our commitment to project based learning TSN will supply students with kits containing the following items. Students are responsible for returning devices at the end of the program.*

    • PC Laptop (1 per student enrolled)
    • Digital Inventors journal
    • Basic Gardening Kit
    • Electronics supplies
    • Arts & Crafts supplies 

    *As participating in EAT qualifies as a summer employment opportunity, students are expected to actively participate in online course work and in-person field trips, any student in violation will be required to return all equipment and no longer able to participate.


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Elevating Agriculture Technology BOSTON

Intermediate Level

Quick Glance:

3 Modules (4 Lessons Total)
For 65 hours
1 Certificate Of Completion