This course is an intermediate level horticulture

course designed to evaluate the basic techniques used for hydroponics
crop production. These techniques involved the use of soilless media to produce vegetable and fruit products for
market. Students will assess the importance of water quality, nutrient uptake and environmental conditions on the
growth and production of various crops.
Standard 1.0
The student will assess the effects of the history of hydroponics as it relates to current crop production.
Learning Expectations:
The student will:
1.1 Discuss past developments leading to modern hydroponics production techniques. ½
1.2 Examine why hydroponics greenhouse vegetable production is becoming mainstream agriculture. ½
1.3 Analyze why hydroponics crop production is more prevalent in other countries than the United States. ½
Evidence Standard is Met
The student will:
• Specify important events and changes leading to modern hydroponics technology.
• Discuss reasons why there is an increase in hydroponics vegetable production.
• Describe why other countries such as Holland and England have more acreage in hydroponics than the United
States.
Integration/Linkages
Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Government, Business, Marketing, Horticulture Industry Standards, SCANS
(Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills)
Sample Performance Tasks
• Create a retrospective timeline of hydroponics technology changes, which have occurred over the last 100 years.
• Develop a list of reasons why United States hydroponics production is on the increase.
• Develop comparisons between U.S. and foreign hydroponics production.
• Debate the importance of hydroponics in feeding the world’s growing population.