OASISH Island workshop TEDX Youth

Tuesday, October 11 2016 LfM was special guest at the International School of The Hague during the TEDxYouth-event. A great opportunity to kick off the “OASISH Island”-project. This art project will be realized in the summer/autumn of 2017 in collaboration with the students. The island consists of a self-regulating ecosystem on which particular vegetables are grown and the surrounding nature plays an important role. During the workshop the portable growboxes were revealed and put into operation. The porta-growboxes will be placed in "parking stations" inside the school building and can be used to provide plants and vegetables outside the school on the OASISH island.

Video of the TEDX Youth workshop;

Microclimate workshop at The International School of The Hague (2014)

The aim of the workshop was to explore and make a microclimate in the vicinity of the school while working as researchers and increasing our understanding of the environment. Where do plants grow well and why? Where is the shade or much sunlight? We have been exploring the region with a new look (literally trough  'laboratory glasses’) so everyday natural and scientific phenomena became visible. Photographs and sketches below are made by the students of ISH:

Microclimate workshop at The International School of The Hague

The aim of the workshop was to explore and make a microclimate in the vicinity of the school while working as researchers and increasing our understanding of the environment. Where do plants grow well and why? Where is the shade or much sunlight? We have been exploring the region with a new look (literally trough  'laboratory glasses’) so everyday natural and scientific phenomena became visible. Photographs and sketches below are made by the students of ISH:

The close proximity of the school to nature was an ideal starting point for exploring climatically existing microclimates: the soil types, existing plants and insects, wind, sunshine and shade. Depending on the results of our research, final sites where selected. At the first encounter with the environment of the school, we found already microclimates. We studied during the workshops how to analyze climates and how they can be adapted and visualized.

At the moment we are working with teachers and students at the project OASISH
The OASISH is an communal art work of the Laboratory for Microclimates and the participants of the ISH trans curricular Art project. The name OASISH was mostly suggested by several students during the workshops.  A microclimate is a small area that differs from the surrounding area, very important for humans, animals and plants. An oasis is an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source. The Laboratory for Microclimates sees the OASISH art project as an ideal concentrated hub for transportation of knowledge of nature. The Laboratory for Microclimates presented their work in relation to the trans curricular Art project at the ISH. After the presentations, Annechien and Gert-Jan offered a series of  "walk in" workshops in which teachers and students of GIN, CAS, Art and Science could help to develop a proposal for a site specific art work. The artists have started up an expert group to develop and realise the project and secure the maintenance of the art work for nearby future.

Attention points:  
-The combination of a project in which art, science and biology are united.  
-Primary school can incorporate the project in after school workshops  
-The microclimate art project can be inside and/or outside the building (idea of a nursery
  for the art project) 
-The environment of the school will be rebuilt in the nearby future; the art project might
  be a large-scale plan connected to these environmental changes
-Teacher of Biology is already building small scale glasshouses. 
-Ideas to be included are: a self-supporting water system, composting facility, supply of
  vegetables for the catering.

Conclusions and ideas suggested by sketches of participants of the walk in workshops where:
-Allotment gardens
-Ponds with fishes and frogs
-Greenhouses
-Indoor gardening pavilions
-Water collection and irrigation systems
-Multi-level gardening facilities
-Use recycled materials ranging from busses to plastic bottles
-Name suggestion: Oasish