Empowering Student Innovation for a Clean Energy Future

Self Watering Garden

Tedd D.

Suntree Elementary

6th grade

Solar Garden

My solar self-watering garden provides an innovative and environmentally friendly way to grow plants that incorporates both functionality and style. The whole garden is made up of a solar panel, a pump, a water source, a collection of plants, and various decorative items such as mini beach chairs, shells, and an artificial beach. All of the items above are handcrafted. The use of solar power makes this garden entirely self-sustaining, eliminating the need for external energy input.

The solar self-watering garden operates efficiently, with the solar panel absorbing sunlight and converting it into electricity to power the pump. The pump draws water from a nearby source and irrigates the plants through a sprinkler head.

The garden features a small, artificial beach composed of miniature beach chairs, a wooden pavilion, and many other decorations, creating a tropical ambiance. Imagine the creation of the real scale beach-side garden in your backyard. By doing so, even the residents of the Rocky Mountains can enjoy the Florida ocean view and Amazon tropical rainforest!

The solar self-watering garden offers several benefits, one of which is its self-sustainability. Only occasional small water refills are needed, making the system a low-maintenance option for plant lovers. The plants produce oxygen and purify the air, creating a fresh and healthy environment.

In conclusion, the solar self-watering garden is a creative and environmentally friendly way to grow plants. It’s self-sustainability and low maintenance make it a practical choice for anyone interested in cultivating plants. The garden’s unique design adds an artistic element to any space, transforming it into a tropical oasis.

The solar garden consists of plants, a solar-powered irrigation system,

and some decorative items.

The video above shows how the solar-powered irrigation system works.

These are some zoomed views of the beach, the garden, and the decorative items.

The Making

The following pictures illustrate how I made the beach, the people, and the little pavilion.

The Beach

First, I cut out a piece of cardboard and paint it with different shades of blue. The blue is darker at one end and lighter at the other, mimicking the realistic shades of the ocean. Finally, I apply hot glue and resin to give the beach a wave-like effect as well as to make the item waterproof.

The People

I made the people using playdough and resin. First, the head, eyes, arms, and legs are made. Next, the different body parts are assembled and coated in resin. Resin makes the whole item waterproof and shiny!

The beach chairs and pavilion

The beach chairs and pavilion are all made out of wooden sticks. First, the wooden parts are cut out and hot glued together. Then they are coated in paint/resin to make them colorful and waterproof.

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