Natural Networks

Designing an education system for the year 2025

Natural Networks

Designing an education system for the year 2025

—— 01. THE PROBLEM

With the rapidly growing global population, the future of agriculture is unsustainable. In order to sustain future food production, we must radically alter our current agricultural system.

Prices of food will increase and more people will go hungry as they are unable to afford food. Moreover, the livestock industry already takes an enormous toll on the environment, emitting more greenhouse gases than planes, trains and automobiles combined. Natural Networks is a solution to create a new culture of self-growing and local food sharing, by teaching the youngest generations who will pass this knowledge on.

Shifting from the ‘here & now’

Shifting from the ‘here & now’

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...to a ‘there & then’ in 2025.

...to a ‘there & then’ in 2025.

—— 02. THE OUTCOME

The Curriculum for Natural Networks is an education system which radically changes the way we think about food.

The Curriculum for Natural Networks addresses our current issues within agricultural production by providing a framework to teach children how to grow their own edible plants and insects. By doing so, schools in Scotland can create and maintain ecosystems to rely less on external sources of food. By practising these systems, children will gain better awareness, knowledge and appreciation for food. Sustaining the ecosystem instills children with deeper life lessons and values. 

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Inspired by the biological circular economy, the curriculum focuses on 4 key stages: growing & nurturing, preparing & cooking, eating and waste & reuse.

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The curriculum focuses on a macro to micro level of learning in order for the pupils to understand the system on a broad and focused scale. Each school year focuses on a different learning outcome that builds on knowledge gained from previous years. This form of macro to micro learning allows the children to understand the bigger system, then home in on the smaller intricate details that build up that system. 

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Natural Networks fits into the existing curriculum to support and develop existing lessons. A new subject specifically for Natural Networks will also fit into the subject schedule. Children will have practical lessons in the Natural Networks subject, and existing lessons, such as numeracy and science, will be adapted to teach the values and theory associated with the curriculum for Natural Networks. Illustrated below are the key learning moments within Natural Networks.

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Worksheets & homework

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Vertical gardens

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Fruit & veg patches

4wormery

 

Waste food wormery

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Worksheets & homework

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Food preparation

6food

 

New food options

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Eating & learning

 

Eating & learning

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Community events

Natural Networks is a viable solution for a growing issue within the food industry. Our proposal for this innovative new curriculum was communicated in the form of an open day. Guests were taken around the four stages: growing and nurturing, preparing and cooking, eating, and waste and reuse. These stages were exhibited in use within a school environment. These moments are shown in the photographs below.

Parent's, gaurdians and pupils we're also informed about the curriculum via an information table which displayed promotional items. This included the parent’s prospectus, the an interactive 'prospectus' for pupils which gave a taster of the curriculum, and insect recipe sheets for visitors to take away with them. Viewers were also encouraged to try cookies which were made with cricket flour, demonstrating the possibilities of what food can be made with insects.

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The achievements and values taught by the curriculum for Natural Networks were visualised to show the outcome of the learning. These included value badges which are earnt throughout the learning, and the certificate of achievement that pupils will receive upon completion of the curriculum for Natural Networks as a formal qualification.

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—— 03. THE PROCESS

Have a look over some of the key stages of the project in the images below, or read through the project process journal for full detailed documentation of the project from start to finish.

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© Jake Cohen 2019. All rights reserved.


© Jake Cohen 2021.
All rights reserved.