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Hydroponics Gardening Systems for the L’Arche Erie Community

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2021 ASEE North Central Section Conference


University of Toledo, Ohio

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March 19, 2021

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March 19, 2021

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March 20, 2021

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Clara Almeter Gannon University

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L’Arche Erie is a faith-based community that provides unity and growth to those with intellectual disabilities. L’Arche Erie owns various homes where their core members can live and are given the opportunities to personally and professionally develop. The leaders of L’Arche have decided to implement hydroponic gardening in three of their homes. Since receiving this project from the Gannon University Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science Program (SEECS), SEECS students have done extensive research into the various types of hydroponic garden systems and produce types that will work best for each system. We have divided our SEECS class into three groups and each group has been assigned a different L’Arche home. Each group has designed a system specifically to their assigned house, considering space, cost, and who will be interacting with the system. Each system has been designed to be cost efficient, energy efficient, and require minimal maintenance while maintaining proper safety conditions. These requirements and constraints have been taken into account and have resulted in three distinct hydroponics systems that are nearing completion. We look forward to continued communication with the L’Arche community to implement these systems within the homes in the near future.

Almeter, C. (2021, March), Hydroponics Gardening Systems for the L’Arche Erie Community Paper presented at 2021 ASEE North Central Section Conference, University of Toledo, Ohio.

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