Hello all -
It's so exciting to see all this interest in integrating Food Computers into education!
Here's a quick update for you, our #nerdfarmer educators...
Food Servers & v2.0 Personal Food Computer (alpha)
For folks who've asked about Food Servers (the shipping container-sized Food Computer), OpenAg is getting four Food Servers online and experiments started at our new off-site facility. It should be very exciting.
For the moment, our focus for Food Computers in education is on Personal Food Computers (the small units), and we're testing a very few v2.0 Personal Food Computers (alpha) now to finalize the software, hardware, and user interface design before moving full-throttle into a larger education pilot.
Personal Food Computers in Schools
For the educators on this thread who've asked: please know our tiny research team at the Media Lab would love to get a Personal Food Computer to each and every educator who's asked. We really would, and...we're working on it. More soon.
In the meantime, I want to encourage you all to check out our updated OpenAg wiki for the latest on the Personal Food Computer, and learn more about how to build your very own. Tell us what works! Tell us what needs improvement!
Foam Farm Activity
This summer, OpenAg created a 3-day 'hackathon'-style build for National Geographic Student Expeditions participants this summer. We called it a Foam Farm!
You can find the Foam Farm activity on our GitHub, here: https://github.com/OpenAgInitiative/FoamFarmActivity
If you're eager to get started, feel like a PFC might be a little too advanced/involved, or want to get students familiar with some of the basic concepts behind Food Computers, this might be a good place to start.
Thank you for being part of our community, and thanks for your patience as we continue to develop the technology to grow the next generation of farmers! Our commitment to being an open source project is so that anyone can contribute. We're excited to co-create Personal Food Computers with you and your students. Please stay tuned, and enjoy exploring, hacking, modifying, critiquing, suggesting and refining what it means to do food computing, together!