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York City School District's Alexander Goode K-8 soon will have a sunny new addition: a greenhouse built with the help of students at York College.

The greenhouse comes thanks to a $9,746 grant from the York County Community Foundation's Fund for York County. Students in York College's Department of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Education and Center for Community Engagement will collaborate on the new space.

The greenhouse will be designed by York College seniors majoring in engineering, according to a news release.

The greenhouse is designed to be automated, with a network to monitor temperature, light intensity, humidity and plant moisture; automatic control systems for lighting, water, ventilation and heating; a web-based user interface to allow the greenhouse to be monitored; and an energy-efficient design, according to the York College engineering and computer science website.

The design work was begun last summer, and students plan to finish the design this spring and have the greenhouse installed by May, according to the website.

The greenhouse will be used for science education for Goode students, the college said. Once it is built, education majors will develop science curriculum for all ages.

“Science is such a critical content area, and this project allows our future teachers to create lessons using a living classroom,” said Nicole Hesson, assistant professor of education, in the release.

The project also is an effort to engage York College students and faculty with the local community.

“This project demonstrates the commitment our faculty have to developing projects that both benefit the community and make our students better citizens — and frankly, better employees as well,” said Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of the Center for Community Engagement at the college.

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