PeachyKeen is proud to have partnered with Skills Development Scotland which, aims to develop the young workforce through experiential learning. Our 2018 Foundation Apprentice was Craig who designed the unique PeachyKeen Human Powered Hydroponic Machine.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water based nutrient rich solution. The basis of the hydroponics system is to provide optimum conditions for plants to grow.
The wonderful Craig had to understand the principle of hydroponics as well as the elements required to design a system that used Human Generated energy as its power source. Fiona Lamotte from Guardswell Farm, who is a specialist in the field of hydroponics was able to give Craig invaluable expertise and knowledge which contributed to the success of the project.
After researching the premise, the first stage of this strategy was calculating lighting and optimum light wavelength. Additionally, an appreciation of plumbing for the movement of water through the system. Finally, the skills to design and manufacture the various electronic components required for a functioning system. At each stage of the project, Craig worked with the team at PeachyKeen to ensure the design was costed, sourced and tested using proof of concepts. This would demonstrate that the initial theory would work in practise.
This resulted in the final construction of the PeachyKeen Human Powered Hydroponic Machine. The complete project life-cycle from the initial idea through to a fully functioning system was carefully followed. Encompassing all the necessary intellectual and technical skills required for its success.
We aim to plant our first Human Powered crops in January 2019. The carefully selected ‘test’ crops will consist of micro radish leaf, pea shoots, rocket and sunflower seeds.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about Human Energy Harvesting Systems and Hydroponics or how you could partner with PeachyKeen.
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“What a fantastic organisation and great STEM learning whilst having a fun experience for school pupils. Thanks PeachyKeen for your support at our STEM Olympics.” Colin Miller, Head of Service: External Engagement
“I can’t recommend PeachyKeen highly enough. They are a polished act who bring energy and oomph to any event and have the most amazing equipment . They look good, are well prepared, and everything about their service is top quality from the products and materials used and the way the work with people and the customers.” Laura Carswell - Neilston Development Trust
"We have had the privilege of working at education related events where we combine engaging activities, using a range of PeachyKeen resources."
"It’s always a pleasure to work with Andrew and the team from PeachyKeen. Interesting, engaging and fun activities delivered with enthusiasm and professionalism." Amy Russell, Events Officer
"We look forward to welcoming the PeachyKeen team to our events. People of all ages and abilities love the hand-on activities." Scottish Borders Council
"We were delighted to have PeachyKeen on board at the first ASGF Festival of Ideas Adam’s Family Fun Day in March. They were very professional and kept our visitors engaged with their amazing eco-friendly equipment. It was great to see the young ones enjoying themselves. We would definitely recommend them for your event." Karen Taylor, Partnerships & Creative Development Manager
“For our Earth Hour event, PeachyKeen were very well equipped to run a fantastic bicycle-powered light display, capturing the attention of just over one hundred participants. It was a fun and interactive exhibition, and we look forward to welcoming them back in future!” Lara Fahey, Transition University of St Andrews
“We would like to say a big thank you to the PeachyKeen team who visited us twice in a week. As part of our Wellbeing agenda, we had the Scalextrix Bikes to both of our sites in Bellshill and have to say a great time was had by all. It didn’t matter about fitness level or skills – this was an activity everyone could get involved in and the competition was fierce ! The team were really organised, friendly and encouraged our employees to give it a go and we will certainly be calling on them again for fun, different activities we can offer in the workplace. Thank you again from the Muller Dairy and Blowmoulding sites. “
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