The Arizona State University Noble Science and Engineering Library has taken the idea of makerspaces and put a new spin on it.
They are currently showcasing Custom Aeroponics, a plant growing system developed by an ASU student and funded through Arizona State University’s Edson Student Entrepreneurship Initiative. Seeds were donated by NativeSeeds/SEARCH
Aeroponics involves misting the roots of a growing plant with a nutrient solution, which eliminates the need for soil or substrate. Plants are suspended and held in a netted planting cup on a faceplate. The interchangeable faceplate is mounted to a tank that protects the roots from damaging light and contains the misting nozzle. The nutrient solution is collected and reused, which decreases the amount of wastewater and nutrients.